Cornerstone Lutheran Church recently donated 25 bikes to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation to distribute to homeless veterans in Indianapolis. The church did so in hopes of providing a mode of transportation for veterans to get to work, the grocery store or visit family.
The church bought the bikes from Conquest Cycling for a discounted price, and the company outfitted the bikes with front and rear lights, water bottle holders and provided backpacks and helmets.
Originally, volunteer riders planned to ride the bikes on the Monon to downtown Indianapolis, but rainy weather canceled the ride. The group donated the bikes during a ceremony at HVAF Headquarters.
Church member David Smith volunteered to ride one of the bikes downtown prior to the cancelation. He is a veteran and a bike rider who said he has a heart for other veterans.
“Anytime we have an opportunity to give back and honor them (homeless veterans), it is a thing we should do,” Smith said. “The big desire here is we are able to give veterans transportation through bicycles that enables them to find work and get themselves out of the issues they are in. I hope that by giving to them, they can be more successful in their own lives, and, at some point, get to the point in their lives where they can stand on their own and give back to other homeless veterans they know.”
Cornerstone Lutheran Church has a military ministry, and member Sandy Hughey helps out with the ministry and organized the bike ride.
“The idea is to promote the good of what HVAF is doing for our homeless veterans, and that our Cornerstone Lutheran Church Military Ministry wanted to help them out by providing bicycles for the veterans who do not have other means of transportation,” Hughey stated in a press release.