The fourth Saturday in October is National Make a Difference Day and the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias is adhering to its mission of two-wheel paradise for local children.

The fourth Saturday in October is National Make a Difference Day and the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias is adhering to its mission of two-wheel paradise for local children.

Each Christmas the Knights give out nearly 200 bicycles to children of need in the county as part of the Bikes for Boys and Girls program.

This Saturday, for National Make a Difference Day, the Pythians are going to try to ensure every child and their bikes are safe.

National Make a Difference Day this year coincides with the annual National Volunteer Day for the Knights of Pythias.

And for the R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge 77 Knights of Pythias/Order of Calanthe, that will mean that from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday, the Knights will conduct a bike safety, repair and inspection program at the Pythias Hall located at Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Blvd. and Avenue C.

The Pythians will be on hand to properly secure or repair seats, tires, brakes, nuts, cable chains, pedals, reflectors, helmets and tire tubes.

In addition, the Pythians will hand out safety pamphlets emphasizing the use of helmets while riding a bike.

In addition, educational pamphlets on the Pythians will also be available.

Behind a mission of friendship, charity and benevolence, the Knights of Pythias, with lodges that span the globe, is an African-American fraternity founded in 1864 in Mississippi.

The Order is based on the story of Damon and Pythias from ancient Greek history.

Members are dedicated to universal peace and efforts to reach “Peace through Understanding.”

National Make a Difference Day was established in 1992 as a day for community service.

Since its founding, millions have united each year on the fourth Saturday in October in the common mission of improving the lives of others, according to the movement’s website.