1,800 Bikes Find Their Home for the Holidays

Students wear their shiny new helmets

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
Students show off their new wheels
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese 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 and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2012. Read Erin's full bio

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