On Saturday, June 10, more than 375 children from the Grand Rapids area were fitted with free bicycle helmets and enjoyed family-friendly activities, thanks to various businesses and organizations that are working to prevent head injuries in children.
The Lids for Kids bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety event was held from 10 a.m. to noon at Garfield Park in downtown Grand Rapids.
Lids for Kids emphasizes the importance of bike safety and gives children the most important tool in preventing brain injury while riding a bike: a properly fitted helmet. Trained volunteers will be on hand to custom-fit every helmet. Children must be present to receive a helmet.
In addition to getting fitted with a free helmet, several children won new bicycles, met local firefighters and police officers, and toured a fire engine. Numerous children also won other great prizes, including gift certificates for food and entertainment.
Lids for Kids began in Lansing in 2003. The first Grand Rapids event was held in 2014.
We thank them all for helping to make this important event happen.