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More than 140 new and refurbished bikes were donated to local charities Friday on behalf of a growing team of local volunteers and city employees known as the Burbank Bike Angels.
The team of roughly 60 volunteers has been collecting bikes year round. Since August, they have been dusting them off and fixing them up with new seats, tires, grips or chains.
The bikes will be distributed through the Salvation Army of Burbank Angel Tree program, which provides holiday gifts to local low-income families. They will also be given to kids through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Boys and Girls Club and Family Service Agency.
"It's exciting to see kids get their first bicycle ever when we deliver them," said Deputy Fire Marshal and Bike Angels volunteer Jorge Martinez. "What makes it more exciting is all the volunteers showing up to help — everybody takes time out of their busy lives to put together bikes and help us reach our goals."