Released 5 April 2012
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On Friday, March 23, 2012, sixteen members of The Salvation Army Bellwood Boys and Girls Club received bicycles and helmets donated by LexisNexis for their hard work in school. The members were selected based upon their grades, behavior, and club participation.
LexisNexis donated 16 bicycles and backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as set up concession stands full of healthy snacks and a bungee inflatable fun-run for every member to enjoy.
"Our kids are so fortunate to have companies like LexisNexis who truly care about the community," said Patrice Holt, Bellwood Boys & Girls Club Program Director.
The Club's gym overflowed with joy and enthusiasm as the children enjoyed the bungee inflatable fun-run, danced with the Wii, and consumed as many popsicles, hotdogs, chips and flavored water they could.
Members then gathered on benches as LexisNexis employees, Monica Garrett and Megan Mahoney announced the names of each bicycle recipient. "To see the smiles and pure enthusiasm on all the kids' faces is something that my marketing colleagues were honored to be a part of," explained Megan Mahoney, Senior Director of Marketing.
After distribution, the children immediately took their brand new bicycles to the field for a test ride. For some, it was the very first time they had the opportunity to ride a bicycle. "I have wanted a bike for a very long time and I can't wait to learn how to ride it," said six-year-old Nora Smith.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta provide at-risk youth, ages 6-18, personal growth and development programs in a safe, positive environment. The Salvation Army is grateful for LexisNexis and everything that they do for the community.