Bike Angels Makes Christmas for Burbank Kids Heavenly

Bike Angels Terre A. Hirsch and Jorge L. Martinez check out one of their completed bikes. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Bike Angels gathered this week to deliver 146 bikes they had fixed, shinned and prepared for delivery this Christmas.

Elaine Pease program founder and Lt. Kari Rudd from The Salvation Army during media event (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bike Angels consist of city employees, retired and current, and several other volunteers from all over the city.  A couple of years ago Elaine Pease, a City of Burbank Employee in the Code Enforcement Division, came up with the idea to fix and repair old bikes and donate them to the Salvation Army to be given out to kids that would not normally get a bike because of costs.

This year’s bikes came in from everywhere.  A couple were from the police evidence locker and not claimed some were just donated from Burbank residents, with a couple even donated by construction workers who are

The collection of over 125 bikes to be given away as Christmas Gifts (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

completing the renovations at the Police and Fire Headquarters. The Burbank Police Officers Association donated helmets and locks to be given away and the Burbank Firefighters Association donated funds for the needed parts for each bike.

The Bike Angels gathered nightly, sometimes before and after their normal work shifts, they shinned, polished and made whatever repairs were needed.  They completed their task of being Angels to 146 kids who will sometimes receive a bike for the first time. This year, Lochkeed Federal Credit Union has become a corporate sponsor and donated a $1,000 for parts and needed supplies and tools.

The bikes were all transported to the Salvation Army for distribution this Thursday when Santa arrives with other goodies.




Burbank Bike Angels get Corporate Sponsor Lochkeed Federal Credit Union (Photo by Ross A. Benson)