Tree of Bikes at American Tobacco

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When Stevon Green, who works for Duke Hospital’s EVS Department, looked around his Durham neighborhood, he realized that many of the children there had cell phones and computers but did not have bikes for exercise.

Stevon decided to do something about it! He and a family member began collecting bikes and toys to raffle for local children to distribute to kids who might otherwise not get anything for the holidays.

Stevon was nominated for the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Caregiver Award at Duke Hospital. The award honors employees who do good things to help our community with a $5,000 stipend.

Although Stevon didn’t win the award, his story caught the attention of Durham Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Blake Strayhorn, who was impressed by Stevon’s efforts.  Over the summer, while traveling in New Zealand, Blake saw “a bicycle tree,” a tree built of steel and hung with bicycles donated by local residents and later distributed to the children of the town.

Bike Tree

Durham Habitat helped secure space and funding for a bike tree to be displayed annually at the American Tobacco Campus. This ongoing partnership between Stevon, Duke Hospital, Durham Habitat and the American Tobacco Campus will fulfill Stevon’s dream of helping local children for many years to come! 

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Barbara