South Dakota: Volunteers restore old bicycles to inspire a new generation of young riders

Volunteers refurbish bikes to give away.

Love this idea, love this story.

As one of those interviewed says, remember your first bike as a kid; remember the freedom of riding. That’s what the inspiration is behind this volunteer effort to get bikes into the hands of kids in the Rapid City, South Dakota area.

Great idea. Anyone out there going to replicate it? Click on either of the images to go to the story, or, here’s a link to the TV news station’s story: Volunteers restore old bikes

Operation Showers of Appreciation

InspiredON by Giving — Kimberly Felshaw was featured in the most recent People magazine (Aug. 16, 2010 – cover photo of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding) for throwing baby showers for expecting military families. Her Operation Showers of Appreciation was born out of one of the most inspiring times of her life and one of the most tragic.

Kimberly is an ex-active duty Marine, and her husband, Josh, is a sergeant in the Corps. Their church threw them a baby shower when they were expecting their baby, Allysa. However, Allysa was born with a terminal condition and died at just three weeks. Kimberly’s thoughts drifted back to the shower that their church had organized for them; she says she didn’t know many of those who contributed gifts for the shower. That helped inspire Kimberly to create what is now Operation Showers of Appreciation (OSOA), which has been able to provide $250,000 of baby-related items to some 500 military families, according to the People magazine story. Continue reading “Operation Showers of Appreciation”