Harris, joined by former Philadelphia Eagle Lito Sheppard, hosts Bike 186 giveaway in South Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23 – House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris was joined by former Philadelphia Eagle Lito Sheppard in hosting Harris’ ninth annual Bike 186 and giving out toys and bikes to families in need.

“It’s an incredible honor to be able to give back to the community I grew up in and that helped raise me, and Bike 186 is the perfect way to do that around the holidays,” said Harris, D-Phila. “I’m incredibly appreciative to partner with Lito Sheppard and Pennsylvania Skill to bring cheer to so many families.”

"I love Philadelphia and every time I get a chance, I come back and help out," said Sheppard. "What Representative Harris is doing with his annual bike giveaway is just tremendous and I am happy to be a part of it. Every kid needs a bike!"

Harris had staff on hand to provide information about healthy living for children and young adults, as well as help with state government applications for programs such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Safe Routes Philly was also on hand to go over bike safety and proper bike etiquette.

Over the past nine years, Harris has given away thousands of bikes to needy children through partnerships with community groups and businesses, including Pennsylvania Skill.

"We at Pennsylvania Skill are thrilled to help out with this effort," said Mike Barley, spokesman for Pennsylvania Skill. "We are always looking for ways to give back and, especially right before the holidays, Representative Harris' event is just a wonderful way to make a difference in this community."

“Everyone remembers their first bike and the freedom and independence it gave them,” Harris said. “I hope these bikes help give that same freedom and independence to children in our community and help them explore some of the beautiful green spaces right here in our own backyard.