This past Friday, the Inglewood Salvation Army opened its doors to an influx of jubilant children eager to get their hands on their very own bikes.
Salvation Army Corps Ministry Leader, Christopher Golden stated, “Continuing a rich tradition of partnerships in the community, the Salvation Army, Republic Services, and the City of Inglewood have teamed together with Bikes For Kids, to provide 25 bicycles to 25 kids through their recycle donation program.”
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and District 1 Councilman George Dotson, celebrated with the young people as they strapped on their brand new helmets provided by Bikes For Kids.
Mayor Butts added, “You know the #1 gift any kid wants to get at Christmas time, is a bicycle. For the Salvation Army to partner with Republic to provide bikes to children that otherwise would not have them, is just a blessing.”
Angela Williams, Environmental Services Manager for the City of Inglewood added, “I’m very happy today on this occasion to be able to present, bikes to the Inglewood youth. The bikes were made available through the solid waste contract the City has with Consolidated Disposal Services. The bikes were donated and/or refurbished to give to the Inglewood community.”
Community Liaison for Consolidated Disposal Services, Dawn Harris, was moved by the event as well, “Consolidated Disposal, is very happy to partner with the Salvation Army, Inglewood Mayor Butts, and the City Council to put on this bike event today. We were fortunate to have families show up with children who were very anxious and very eager to get a bike and helmet today, and it made my day. Personally, I was very touched to see the smiles of the children.”
For more information on how to donate an unused bicycle, or inquire about the recycle donation program, contact the City of Inglewood Public Works Department, 310-412-5333. Or visit the City’s website at www.cityofinglewood.org.