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Greater Grace Temple giving away 150 bikes

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Once again Greater Grace Temple is really stepping forward to help get more Detroit kids on bikes. With the help of Happy’s Pizza, Detroit Lion Joique Bell, and Tigers mascot PAWS, they’re giving away 150 bicycles “to children from financially struggling families.”

The bicycle giveaway is this Sunday after church service. The families in need have already been selected.

This giveaway has done on for many years now. Greater Grace Temple has given out over 2,500 bicycles.

“For many people, one of their fondest childhood memories was receiving a brand new bicycle on Christmas morning,” says Greater Grace Temple’s Senior Pastor Bishop Charles H. Ellis III. “We want to do something to help those families that have been hit hard by this economy.”

Last year Greater Grace Temple also hosted a walking audit with the Michigan AARP and Dan Burden. They’re not only giving away bikes, but supportive of making the neighborhood a better place to walk and bike.

The gift of a bicycle

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press

Together, bicycles and the sense of freedom they provide make for great gifts.

In fact, President Barak Obama recently said “his all-time favorite gifts were a 10-speed bicycle… and a basketball.”

The Greater Grace Temple recently gave away 250 bicycles to children and the Free Press has some heartwarming coverage.

Earlier, parents and children heard Bishop Charles Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace, conclude the service with memories of his first bike.

“Not everybody had their own bike, you know? We’d ride three and four on a bike. Remember that?” Ellis said, drawing laughter.

“A bike is so important to a child. … We thank God that, even in this bad economy, we’re able to bless others,” he said.

As noted in the article, the poor economy meant they were only able to giveaway 250 as opposed to the typical 500. Through the year, the church has given away a few thousands bicycles to Detroit children.

Greater Grace Temple is the same church was wrongly mocked a year ago by some bike advocacy web sites after they prayed for Detroiters’ survival.

When the N.Y. Times reported:

Bishop Ellis encouraged the congregation to pray, not that Congress would ‘do the right thing’ and approve loaning money to the car companies, but that Detroiters would ‘make it’ through these tough times.

Sites like Copenhagenize then said they were “Praying that the Big Three carmakers will get their money from Washington.” That was apparently the story they wanted to tell.

And unfortunately they probably won’t cover this church’s bicycle giveaway program.

200 new bicycles for Detroit kids

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

The Detroit Free Press is reporting on a bicycle giveaway this December 20th.

Greater Grace Temple, Happy’s Pizza and Blue Cross Blue Shield plan to bring smiles to nearly 200 youngsters this year with its Bicycle Christmas’ giveaway.

“For many people, one of their fondest childhood memories was to receive a brand new bicycle on Christmas morning,” Senior Pastor Bishop Charles Ellis III said in a statement.

“We want to do something to help those youngsters whose families are hit hard by this economy and could face having little or nothing under the tree on Christmas Day.”

Parents must fill out the applications which will be available starting tomorrow (Monday) at 10am at the Greater Grace Temple at 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit.

Greater Grace Temple’s ‘Bicycle Christmas’ Giveway

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

The New York Times recently ran an article on Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple (“Detroit Churches Pray for ‘God’s Bailout’”.)

Greater Grace, the largest church in Detroit, invited officials from the United Automobile Workers union to speak before Bishop Ellis gave his sermon, titled “A Hybrid Hope.”

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we need prayer,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, we’re all in this thing together.”

Bishop Ellis encouraged the congregation to pray, not that Congress would “do the right thing” and approve loaning money to the car companies, but that Detroiters would “make it” through these tough times.

Some bike blogs (here and here) picked up the article, apparently didn’t read it all that well, and wrote that the Church was praying for the Senate bailout.  Or maybe that just made a better story for them.  Piling on Detroit easy these days irregardless of the facts.

Bicycle Christmas

But on a more positive note, Greater Grace Temple has been a major supporter of bicycling in Detroit through their Bicycle Christmas program.

“For many people, one of their fondest childhood memories was to receive a brand new bicycle on Christmas morning,” says GGT’s Senior Pastor Bishop Charles H. Ellis III. “We want to do something to help those youngsters whose families who are hit hard by this economy and could face having little or nothing under the tree on Christmas Day.”

The church will be giving away 250 brand new bicycles to children from financially struggling families on Sunday, December 21, 2008. The giveaway will begin after the 10:00 a.m. service (approx. 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.). The church partnered with Meijer Stores and Sinai Grace Hospital to make the giveaway possible. Donations also came from church members.

Greater Grace Temple has given away more than 2,800 bikes to financially struggling families over the last 5 years.

Wow!  What a great program and a great cause.

If you are interested in helping or supporting this program, please contact the Greater Grace Temple.