- 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.


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

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