By Ross A. Benson
This year’s Christmas will be a bit brighter for several hundred kids who will be recipients of refurbished and even some bicycles in new condition. Burbank Bike Angels have been working for months repairing, polishing, painting and perfecting bicycles.
The last several weeks’ dozens of volunteers have acted as Santa’s helpers in a small building across from Fire Station 11 (main Headquarters). Some of those volunteers are city employees; some are students from local’s high schools getting needed learning service hours before the end of the year.
Volunteers work to outfit the bikes with new tires, new brakes, new gear cables and plenty of elbow grease which have made the nearly 200 bikes in showroom condition.
The first three years of the program The Bike Angels donated a total of 225 bikes to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. This year alone close to 200 bikes have been fixed, shined and tagged for boys and girls of all ages and sizes. They will be distributed to The Salvation Army, The Family Service Agency, Burbank Temporary Aid, and The Boys & Girls Club as well as an area church.
Those wishing to support next year’s program by donating used bicycles, money or their time to repair bikes can contact the Burbank Recycle Center at 818-238-3900
Several of the volunteers and city employees joined Burbank’s Mayor Dave Golonski and other City Council members on the front steps of City Hall for a brief ‘Press Conference’ to show off the bikes and answer questions from local media.