Greater Grace Temple, Meijer and The UAW Join Forces to Provide 'Free' Bicycles for Christmas to Detroit-Area Children in Need

Dec 10, 2010, 12:29 ET from Greater Grace Temple

With help from its partners, Greater Grace has given away over 2,000 bikes since 2004 to make Christmas a little happier for some Detroit-area youngsters

DETROIT, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's a fact with the current economy that some financially-strapped  families could face a Christmas with few or even "no" gifts under the tree.  Yet, Greater Grace Temple, Meijer, The UAW and the Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS will bring smiles to hundreds of youngsters this year with its annual "Christmas Bike Giveaway."

Two hundred brand new bicycles will be given to children from low-income families on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  The giveaway will begin after the 10:00 a.m. service (approx. 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.).   Applications for the bikes became available on Nov. 28th and had to be returned by December 8th.  All recipients will be notified by December 14th.  Greater Grace Temple's non-profit, Master's Commission, partnered with Meijer and the UAW to make the giveaway possible.   

"For many people, one of their fondest childhood memories was to receive a brand new bicycle on Christmas morning," says GGT's Senior Pastor Bishop Charles H. Ellis III.  "We want to do something to help those youngsters whose families are hit hard by this economy and could face having little or nothing under the tree on Christmas Day." 

The Bike Giveaway rules consists of but are not limited to the following:

  • The bikes will be given away at the end of the GGT Christmas Service on Sunday, December 19th at 10 a.m. To receive their bikes, parents and their child MUST attend this service.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • The giveaway will begin approximately at 12:30 p.m.
  • If someone has received a bike for any member of their family over the last five years, they are ineligible for this giveaway.  No exceptions.

Greater Grace Temple is located at 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit, MI.  For more information visit or call 313-543-6000.

SOURCE Greater Grace Temple