'Elves' build bikes for children in need

12:35 AM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-More than 1,000 Grand Rapids children will get a bicycle this Christmas, thanks to a special group of elves.

Saturday morning, 350 volunteers gathered at the Van's Delivery warehouse to build bikes for children in need. More than 1,000 bicycles were pieced together as part of the Elves and More Bike Build. They'll be delivered to a secret location next week for children in one Grand Rapids neighborhood.

"Everybody is really excited about helping kids at the holidays," says organizer Liz Bracken. "We've delivered almost 9,000 bikes to the Grand Rapids area in the last eight years, and we're looking forward to doing a lot more."

Volunteers are also creating 300 'treasure boxes' for the children. The gifts were paid for by community donations.

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