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Students Give Back to Community throughout Holiday Season

December 5, 2014

Bikes For Tikes Story

Santa's Helpers: For 17 years, students have played a key role in the Wabash Valley’s Bikes for Tykes project, assembling bicycles and tricycles distributed to local children.

You don’t have to go all the way to the North Pole to find Santa’s helpers this holiday season as Rose-Hulman students, faculty, and staff members share their time, money, and problem-solving skills to help the community and those less fortunate.

For the 17th straight year, hundreds of students will play a significant role in the Bikes for Tykes community project, this year being operated by Terre Haute’s Chances and Services for Youth organization.

The Facilities Operations Center on campus will be turned into Santa’s Workshop on December 13 as students use their engineering skills to assemble approximately 400 bicycles and tricycles, which will be distributed to needy children throughout the Wabash Valley before Christmas.

“Bikes for Tykes would not be possible without the generosity of our financial supporters, and the Rose-Hulman students and campus community,” says Julie Wheatley, program coordinator for Chances and Services.

Bikes for Tykes project volunteers include all members of Rose-Hulman’s Greek organizations, athletic teams, and other student groups, along with the Facilities Operations Office staff.

Other activities helping the community celebrate the holidays include:

  • The Iota Delta chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has organized a Help-Portrait: Terre Haute project on December 13 at Terre Haute’s Lighthouse Mission. The event will provide free color portrait photographs to help local people and families in need celebrate the holiday season.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Cecil T. Lobo student chapter is one of the largest contributors annually to the Terre Haute Tribune-Star Christmas Basket Fund, from funds collected by the campus community. The fund provides a bountiful holiday feast to 500 local families each year.
  • Fraternity members will once again assist with the community’s Clothe A Child and Shop With A Cop community projects.
  • The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils raised money to provide an unforgettable holiday season to a local family.
  • A campus drive will provide hundreds of mittens, gloves, and scarfs to local elementary school children.
  • A total of 216 pints of blood were collected from students, faculty, and staff members on December 2-3 at a campus blood drive for the Indiana Blood Center.