- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Some people thought the sirens signaled a fire in a Grand Rapids neighborhood. Instead, it was a sign that 1,500 free bikes had arrived for children.

More than 300 volunteers turned out Saturday to match kids with new wheels and a helmet. It was the 10th annual delivery, but the location always is a secret until the day of delivery.

Tangee Pringle tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1Hhg5UU) that she was pleased that her two daughters got bikes - even if it forced her to get out of bed early. Breeaunna Harbison, who brought her daughter, says a free bike always is better than going to a store and “spending money you don’t have.”

Liz Bracken, an organizer of the event, says the bikes will encourage kids to get exercise and remind them that other people care.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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