Burbank City staffers and residents are local Bike Angels

Bike Angels Making Holiday Wishes Come True!

A Bike Angel hard at work. Photo Credit: Ferris Kwar

Every year the Burbank Salvation Army solicits donations from the community to help local families. “When families come in to fill out the Angel Tree tags, they usually include what the kids need, like socks, shoes and other clothing,” said Salvation Army Lt. Kari Rudd. “But what the kids want is a bicycle — it’s the tree topper of all toys.”

Bike Angels, a volunteer group of city employees and local residents from Burbank, is looking for donations and volunteers for this upcoming holiday season. The group refurbishes donated bicycles to “store-bought” condition and gifts them to kids in the community through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Organizations currently involved include: Los Angeles Bicycle Kitchen, Burbank Fire Fighters Association 778, and the Burbank Police Department.

Bike Angels is looking for donations of old children’s bikes and/or volunteering at one of their four bike repair parties each month and doing some dirty work!  With the great turnout last year, the program is hoping to build upon that success and expand their reach.

Last season, word got out and over 90 bicycles were donated by generous residents. In addition, 25 City employees and volunteers from Burbank’s bicycling community stepped up to transform 67 bikes into “store-bought condition,” as observed by Deputy Fire Marshal Jorge Martinez. Martinez also spent evenings repairing bikes and convincing the Burbank Firefighters Association 778 to donate money for seats, tires, and grips. The Burbank Police Department and Officers Association provided more than 20 bikes, as well as tools from the Police Bicycle Unit, money to purchase helmets and locks, and even officer volunteers who worked on the bikes in the evenings and on weekends. Kreigh Hampel, Recycling Coordinator for the City hopes to see the 2011 Bike Angel program build on this year’s great success.  “Our Public Works volunteers had a lot of fun doing this and everyone was more than generous with time and donations.”

How can you Help?

  • Donate your old bicycles, tricycles, wagons, tools, or parts.
  • Volunteer for a bike repair party!  Meet at 354 E. Orange Grove Ave. (in temporary building behind Wells Fargo).
    – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 5:30 until 9:00 p.m.
    – 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 8:30 AM to about 12:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Burbank Recycle Center (818-238-3900) or Elaine Pease (818-238-5286). A big shout out to Ferris Kwar, at the City of Burbank, for sending us this story and great picture.

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