For the past several years, including this year, the Des Plaines Community Foundation had a presence at the Spring Fun Fair and Pet Parade at The Mountain View Adventure Center in Prairie Lakes.
The Foundation had a tent at the event and gave out 100 bicycle helmets to the first children who attended and needed a helmet. Bike safety checks, bike safety information and minor maintenance were provided.
Four Des Plaines softball players got together off the field to lend a hand preparing for the event. Maren Garnett, Lacy Argus, Mia Thomas and Makenna Delafeld helped unpack and prepare the bicycle helmets which were distributed to the children.
The idea of the bicycle project was presented to the Foundation for funding by Dr. Michael Bagby, who continues to head up the project and work every year.
“The families there were really grateful, more grateful than usual, too,” said Dr. Bagby.