Hundreds of bikes to be donated to low-income school, by former teacher

posted by Erica Lunsford, WCIV - 

North Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Katie Blomquist is not new to donating bikes.

Just last year she donated over 600 bikes to children at Pepperhill Elementary School in North Charleston through her organization called "Going Places."

Blomquist, the organization's founder and executive director, says the mission of the non-profit is, "to provide to disadvantaged kids and the people who serve them the most basic childhood right; a right to joy."

This year, she plans on donating 300 bikes to Mt. Zion Elementary School in Johns Island.

Volunteers helped her build a variety of bikes Tuesday morning at "Affordabike," a bicycle shop downtown on King Street.

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The bikes vary in sizes, fitting children in all grades.

Daniel Russell-Einhorn, the owner of the bike shop, says he worked with Katie to design the geometry of the bikes and pick out the colors and parts.

Blomquist says she will deliver the bikes along with helmets to the students on May 1, right as students get out of school for summer vacation.

To donate to "Going Places," click here to help build and provide more bikes to more Lowcountry schools.

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