Helping Hearts gives away 350 bikes to kids in Northern Kentucky

Local company Netrush donated bikes to nonprofit

Christmas came early for hundreds of families in Northern Kentucky.

Helping Hearts, a nonprofit organization gave away 350 new bikes to kids in need on Monday afternoon. A local company, Netrush, donated the bikes to the nonprofit. 

The bikes were given to children four years old and younger. The kids also got helmets and kneepads for safety.

Typically, Helping Hearts donates things like food, clothing and other necessities to families in need.

But for parents like Beth Payton, of Union, this unique drive is making Christmas much brighter.

"My son is three and a half and he has been in occupational therapy and several other therapies for about a year," Payton said. "It's expensive. And without people like (Helping Hearts), special toys like this wouldn't be possible."

The organization's president, Kristi Pickens, said she "feels like Mrs. Claus" after the giveaway.

"It feels pretty amazing," Pickens said. "I already cried today twice. It's pretty wonderful to help families who weren't going to have Christmas this year."

For more information on the nonprofit, visit their Facebook page.

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