1,800 Bikes Find Their Home for the Holidays


Santa Claus delivered for children in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools district area in the days before Christmas, with six semi-trailers filled with 1,800 free bicycles.

Godfrey-Lee Superintendent David Britten said he teared up all morning long as children got their bikes. “Some of the smiles barely fit their little faces,” he said.

The event was organized by the non-profit organization Elves & More – West Michigan and the Wyoming Public Safety Department, which includes representatives from local businesses. This year, bikes were lined up at Lee Middle-High School and many school districts and community members pitched in to help.

In its 11-year history, Elves & More -West Michigan has provided 11,800 new bikes and helmets and 3,300 bags of toys and needed items to all the children in the ten neighborhoods of Grand Rapids. Its mission is to give bikes and toy bags to entire communities of children in need.

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Students show off their new wheels
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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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