Story of the Month: New Bikes!
On a visit to the Weng'An orphanage last month, LWB's Orphanage Assistance Program was able to provide new bicycles for the children in the orphanage... making it easier for them to get to school each day. The children were so excited to get to pick out their own bikes and took great care in making their selections. Below is the account of the big day by Amy Eldridge:
I want to thank everyone who made this project possible, as the kids were so very excited to receive this special gift. When we arrived at the bicycle store, the owners began bringing every bike they had out onto the sidewalk, and it didn't take long for a huge crowd to form, with everyone wondering what in the world was going on.
Each bike was unique, and I watched with a smile as a beautiful little girl watched them bring out a purple one. She quickly ran over and put her hand on the seat, and stood there the entire time to make sure no one else claimed it.
The boys were so cute to watch. One little boy walked up and down the row of bikes examining each one before finally choosing the biggest one. The orphanage director quickly walked over to explain that he wasn’t quite ready for that adult sized one yet!
The funniest moment came when we watched the shop owner carry out a bright red battery operated car. He placed it on the sidewalk next to the bikes When asked what he was doing, the orphanage director came over and said, "Didn't you say every child could have a bike?" When we said that was correct, she said the two-year-old needed something as well. We were all laughing, but we were also touched that the shop owner didn’t want anyone left out.
Thank you to our many wonderful supporters for making this fun day possible for the children at Weng'An!