Four youth with special needs were presented with a special gift during VGM’s annual Heartland Conference.

WATERLOO, Iowa (June 20, 2017)—VGM and U.S. Rehab collaborated with Variety—the Children’s Charity, and Rifton to donate Rifton Adaptive Tricycles to four children residing in Waterloo, Iowa—VGM’s corporate headquarters.

The tricycles were presented to the children and their families in a special ceremony on Monday, June 12 during the Heartland Conference Hog Roast and Fireworks social event.

“Making lifelong connections is what U.S. Rehab’s community of members and vendor-partners is all about,” said Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab, a division of VGM Group, Inc. “With the help of Variety—the Children’s Charity, and our vendor-partner Rifton, we are changing the lives of four children. These children will now experience the joy and freedom of riding a bike to exercise and socialize with their family and friends.”

Variety—the Children’s Charity of Iowa handled the vetting process to select the four recipients of the Rifton adaptive tricycles. The children, ranging in age from seven to ten, have varying special needs that prevent them from safely operating a traditional bicycle. The tricycles include features for ease in use, maneuverability and power to help them live a more independent life.

 “In my line of work, there is never a moment more rewarding than seeing a child gain mobility and independence,” said Joe Keiderling, executive vice president for Rifton Equipment. “The collaboration between VGM, U.S. Rehab, Variety and Rifton is a great example of this, and we at Rifton are proud to play a part. The years we’ve devoted to designing quality adaptive equipment are paid back handsomely by rewards such as this.”

This is the second consecutive year that adaptive tricycles were donated to deserving children as part of VGM’s Heartland Conference. For more information about U.S. Rehab, Rifton, Heartland Conference or Variety—the Children’s Charity visit them online