The "Bikes 2 Kids" program collected and distributed 83 bicycles for disadvantaged children in Camden. The Camden Noon Lions Club facilitated this program in which area businesses and industries were challenged to donate good, slightly used or new bikes to be given to disadvantaged children for Christmas.
To encourage competition the organization that donated the most bikes for the program rode in the Camden Christmas Parade as the program winner. The bikes were collected during November and December. The warehouse for storing the bikes was also provided by a local business. The children to receive the bicycles were screened by several agencies including Project Kids/Angel Tree Program, Toys for Tots, Child Appointed Special Advocates, The Call (Foster Children) and Elementary School Councilors as well as local Pastors.
Lions club president, Christy Glaze, club secretary and "Bikes 2 Kids" program chair Charlotte Young and Lion Debbie Lambert pose with the elected officials of Ouachita County. This group collected 22 bikes. The winner of the program this year was Aerojet Rocketdyne. This is the second year that the Camden Noon Lions have run this project.