Amtryke donations to children are made possible through the generosity of many members of our community. We are pleased to showcase a few donors.
Drew Ginsberg of Andover, MA began his philanthropic work in support of NRH pediatric patients in 2010 at the age of 12. As a part of the service project required for his Bar Mitzvah, Drew wanted to raise money to donate an AmTryke adaptive tricycle to a child who was unable to ride a regular bicycle. He said that one of his favorite things to do is ride his bike. So when he heard about AmTrykes which allow kids who normally couldn’t ride a bicycle to enjoy riding, he wanted to do what he could to give one of them that opportunity.
Over the subsequent years Drew has continued his dedication to bring AmTryke bikes to pediatric patients. His work to increase awareness of this cause and his fundraising efforts have resulted in the donation of nearly 25 adaptable Amtryke bikes.
Bob and Linda Harvey
Drew’s commitment to this cause has been inspirational to other donors. After reading an article about Drew’s donations, Bob and Linda Harvey donated over $7,000 to purchase and 8 AmTryke tricycles for children on our wait list. The Harveys, avid cyclists themselves, are very much involved as volunteers and advocates for the Friends of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor which works on what is known as the Rail Trail Project. They thought it would be wonderful to bring bike riding into the lives of children who otherwise may never have that enjoyment. Their hope is that these children will eventually enjoy their new bikes on the Rail Trail for which they have worked so hard to become a reality.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England
In 2016 Drew approached a local McDonald’s manager asking if the organization would be interested in supporting his efforts. As a result, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England (RMHC ENE) donated $10,000 to be used to purchase 14 trykes for 14 special children. Charlie Newcomb, Vice President, of RMHC of ENE’s Board of Trustees, praised Drew’s efforts, ”We were thrilled to see a local teen like Drew doing such good work in his community and proud to be able to support the children this grant will benefit. The specialized, adaptive bikes for these children is exactly what our mission is about, improving the health and wellbeing of children.”