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Brand New Bikes Await Tykes
Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:31
Louie Brandt, with bicycle, poses for a photo at last year’s Bikes for Tykes bicycle giveaway.

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times
Officer Louie Brandt is helping out Santa Claus again this year with his Bikes for Tykes program for the holidays.

This year Brandt raised $22,000, enough to give away 425 bicycles and helmets to kids from low income families at the Davis Street Family Resource Center this Saturday.

The San Leandro policeman has run the Bikes for Tykes program for the past five years. He said he’s thankful to the many businesses and individuals who have donated to the program.

Brandt said he remembers getting a bike when he was a kid and riding it up to Lake Chabot.

A lot of bikes were on kids’ wish list this year.

“We had 1,000 applications this year,” Brandt said. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a thousand bikes but we will be able to give a bike to 425 kids.”

The families of the kids receiving bikes have already signed up. They will come and pick up the bikes on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Davis Street Family Resource Center, 3081 Teagarden St. in San Leandro.

Volunteers will be helping to pass out the bikes and direct traffic, but they might be able to use a few more people. Anyone who wants to volunteer can come to the DFRC at 8 a.m. and see Louie Brandt.

Anyone is also welcome to just come by to see the bike giveaway, Brandt said.

“I look forward to this every year,” Brandt said.

The Davis Street Family Resource Center also has its annual Food and Toy Program, now in its 44th year, for families in need. For that program, people will come in for groceries and toys on Dec. 23.

Donations of new toys, gift certificates for teens, or monetary donations can be dropped off at the center on Teagarden Street  on weekdays during business hours.



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