City employees spent the past several weeks at the Burbank Recycle Center using some elbow grease on a stack of nearly 80 bicycles to distribute as gifts to needy families.
In preparation of the Burbank Salvation Army Toy and Food Distribution on Dec. 20, city employees helped repair and revamp the bicycles for distribution.
"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."
The program has grown exponentially since last year, when just 10 bikes were distributed, organizers said.
None of the children or families scheduled to get gifts on Monday know their wishes will be granted.
"It's as if the children asked Santa specifically for what they wanted, and the city of Burbank has pulled through," Rudd said.