Salvation Army assembles hundreds of bikes for children
Posted December 7, 2018 9:53 a.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2018 8:34 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Making a child smile this holiday season is a bigger challenge this year for many families, especially for those still recovering after two major hurricanes.
The Salvation Army is among those coming to the rescue, putting together hundreds of bikes.
“It will make almost 6,100 bikes we get out in a 12-year period in Wake County,” said Randy Dykes, with the Triangle Spokes Group.
Dykes said it's the culmination of year-long fundraising to help families surprise their kids with new "Huffy" bikes.
“Those bicycles going out the door just gives us a lot of joy,” said Major Steven Long with the Wake County Salvation Army.
Long oversees several charitable efforts at the former Sears in Cary.
Demand for assistance is at least 10 percent higher this year, reflecting the need of those still recovering from a devastating hurricane season and still needing shelter in Wake County.
“We were able to have an emergency sign-up, and through that, we had over 500 more children who were applied for Christmas assistance,” Long said.
The children will get new bikes, stuffed stockings, Angel Tree gifts and warm clothing from WRAL's Coats for the Children campaign.
It's all building up to a three-and-a-half day give-away event later in December to benefit more than 8,000 children.
“There's a lot of laughter, a lot of tears, just the joy in their heart for knowing that their kids are going to be taken care of,” Long said.
Individuals can donate to the Triangle Spokes Group online.