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Burbank Bike Angels make special delivery

December 13, 2011
  • Volunteer Rob Wendlandt loads up a refurbished bicycle at Burbank Fire Station 11 for transport to the Salvation Army on Monday, December 12, 2011. 146 bicycles were donated. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Volunteer Rob Wendlandt loads up a refurbished bicycle…

The Burbank Bike Angels, a group of volunteers who restore bicycles for needy youth in the community, delivered close to 150 bikes to the Salvation Army on Monday.

Lt. Kari Rudd of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps Community Center said it is the third year bikes have been donated to the center. The first year, about 10 bikes were collected. That figure grew to 67 last year, and then to 146 this year.

The city of Burbank collects the bikes — usually second-hand — from the public, while members of the police and fire unions donate money for safety equipment and parts. The Salvation Army and other volunteers help with refurbishing the bikes, Rudd said.

-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin

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