Variety Donates Special Bicycle to Early Childhood Center

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM EDT

By Megan Erbacher

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December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) It's another example of Variety Kids Telethon donations at work: the Variety Club dropped off an adaptive bicycle today at the Olmsted Early Education Program, part of the Olmsted Center for Sight in Amherst.

The adaptive bicycle, made by Freedom Concepts, is built specifically for children with disabilities that cause mobility issues. It features an altered seat, pedals, and handles; it also has an additional handle affixed on the back to allow an adult to accompany the rider.

These bicycles cost around $4,000, so Variety Club decided to help local kids get the chance to ride. Representatives dropped off bicycles at three locations in WNY today, including the Olmsted Early Education Center. At least one child at the center told representatives that she had never ridden a bicycle before.

The donation is part of a nationwide celebration for the U.S. Variety Club in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year, the club is focusing on mobility. Every Variety Club Tent is receiving at least one adaptive bicycle today.