Bicycle helmet giveaway and fitting event for children set for Saturday, Oct. 30, at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park

Children must be present to receive helmets from nonprofit

A volunteer ensures a good fit for a youngster during a previous event. Image courtesy Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead will host a bicycle helmet giveaway for youngsters from ages 1 to 18, the nonprofit has announced.

Children and teens must be present to receive the helmets and to be fitted for them, a news release points out. Only one helmet will be provided for free to each child, the release adds. Further, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign up a youngster to receive a free helmet, the release says.

Helmets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last “and at the sole discretion of the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead,” the release points out.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and is set to end at noon.

Osprey Junction Trailhead Park is located at 939 E. Bay St. in Osprey (34229).

For additional information, contact ralphmonti@gmail.com, the release says.

Additionally, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead (FOJT) volunteers will be on hand to collect any bicycles and bicycle parts people would like to donate for their Recycle-A-Bicycle program, the release points out.

All donated bicycles are refurbished and then given away to people in need of alternative transportation or to children who do not have a bicycle, the release explains. For the program, the release notes, FOJT partners with The Bicycle Factory, a group of bicycle mechanics who work at the Salvation Army in downtown Sarasota.

Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead is a chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in Florida. Its mission is to support, promote and enhance Osprey Junction Trailhead, a Sarasota County Park adjacent to The Legacy Trail, the release adds. Visit the website at ojtfriends.com or email friends@ojtfriends.com for more information.

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