WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The annual Elves and More Bicycle Giveaway event was held in Wyoming on Saturday morning for the first time.
The event was held at Godfrey Lee Middle and High School and nearly 300 volunteers gave out nearly 1,800 bikes to kids living in the neighbourhood. It’s the 11th year that the event has taken place, and it normally serves families in Grand Rapids.
Amanda Ramon told 24 Hour News 8 that it was a great gift for her kids.
“Thank you very much. Our family greatly appreciates it and I know other families out there also do. It’s a great early Christmas present for the kids, that’s for sure, and a very good blessing for the community,” said Ramon.
The organization, Elves and More, aims to bring hope to young kids in a neighbourhood each year by giving away the new bicycles.
Chief James Carmody from the Wyoming Police Department said it was great to hold the event in Wyoming this year.
“It’s just beyond description. This is the 11th year they’ve done this and decided to treat the people in the city of Wyoming and it’s great for us. You see the kids out here and everybody’s smiling, having a good time so you can’t ask for a better way to roll up into Christmas,” Carmody said.
He also said the Godfrey-Lee neighbourhood was the perfect spot for the give-away.
“I think you see a real diverse population here in the north end and again, it’s an opportunity for especially the young people, some people that may have limited incomes and makes it difficult over the holidays to have gifts like this and to come into a neighbourhood and just kind of open your doors and say we are here for you and we’re here to give you a benefit that maybe perhaps you wouldn’t have for the holidays is just overwhelming,” Carmody said.
Over the last 11 years, the organization has given away more than 11,000 new bikes to kids.