Church, Wal-Mart donate bikes for Kids

MUNCIE, IN, Jan. 5, 2017 – Thanks to generous local donors more than 90 children and their families participated in the 2016 annual holiday party at The Boys & Girls Club of Muncie recently.

“These are the kinds of events that remind us all why we do what we do,” said Juli Metzger, Board President and Chief Volunteer Officer. “Donors were smiling. Kids were giddy and parents were grateful. What makes our organization so strong are all these constituencies coming together to give Kids the best possible experience.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Muncie in conjunction with Northside Assembly of God and Ball State University’s Student Action Team hosted the celebration.

All children received gifts, but 26 Kids received bicycles in recognition of their outstanding behavior for the year. “This year our Club Kids went above and beyond for us, so we wanted to go above and beyond for them. It was tough picking only 26. We wanted to give bikes away to everyone,” said Jes Wade, Project Coordinator of the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie. “Overall, everyone went home happy, the kids, parents, volunteers and staff and that’s all we could ask for.”

Wal-Mart South donated $1,200 to purchase bicycles for high performing Kids. Boys & Girls Club volunteer Betty Ketchum and members of Northside Assembly of God donated $700 and helped organize the event. Other major donors included Par Tuck Corp and owners Sandra and Richard Case. The Boys & Girls Club staff also raised $300 and managed the event.

About Boys & Girls Club of Muncie: The Boys & Girls Club of Muncie was founded in 1933. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential, as productive, caring and responsible citizens. We provide a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity. You can learn more at For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Club at or (765) 282-4461.