Community Contributors: Ruck Family And Bike Doctor Start Thrive Kids Charity

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By Maya Pottiger

Students in need at Cape St. Claire Elementary School received free coats for winter, and there’s more to come.

Kristin Davidson-Ruck partnered with her husband, Steve Ruck, owner of Bike Doctor in Arnold, to start the Thrive Kids Charity.

“I always want kids to have the necessities that they need in life. I love to watch children smile, and I love to see them happy,” Kristin said. “With Thrive, our goal is to bring the local community together to give things to children that they need so they can be happy and concentrate in school.”

Through Bike Doctor, Thrive Kids Charity was able to get a wider reach and meet higher fundraising goals.

“For me, after being in business in 30 years in the area, it’s a good way to help give back to the local community,” Steve said.

Always active in giving to charity, Bike Doctor has previously held fundraisers to donate to the SPCA and other national organizations.

“[With Thrive], we can direct it to the local people,” Steve said. “Going forward, this way, we can help local people here in Anne Arundel County.”

The coats purchased by Thrive were delivered to Cape St. Claire Elementary on December 20.

“I’ve heard, ‘This is an awesome idea. This is a great idea.’ Everyone is very excited about how this is going to help the local children and provide warmth,” Kristin said. “The feedback is great, and I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me.”

As an ultimate goal, Kristin wants to expand Thrive to the rest of the country. However, she knows she needs to start small. Kristin’s next goal is to help students at Cape St. Claire afford everyday expenses. Thrive will specifically contribute to the school lunch program and the fifth-graders who need help affording the annual class field trip.

“If children need some necessity in life to help them get through the day, I want Thrive to be able to provide that for them,” Kristin said. “I want school principals to know that we are here, and if there is a child who is in dire need of something, I want them to be able to reach out to myself or someone within our organization, and for us to provide that for them.”

Thrive Kids Charity is currently designing a website. For more information on the charity, email sruck@bikedoctor.com.

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