Salvation Army still accepting bikes for kids this Christmas

SALEM, VA. (WDBJ7) For most a bike is a means for transportation but for at least 700 kids, a bike is the perfect Christmas gift.

To help the folks at General Electric donated $7,000 to purchase 150 bikes ranging from all different sizes to help meet the needs of the Salvation Army this Christmas, and they brought an army of volunteers.

Kristin Goff with GE said, "They sign up as soon as I send the email out. They come in with smiles on their faces and tools in their hands and are ready to go."

More than 60 people came to help build these bikes, from kids to adults, and for people like Ken and Terri Philpott, events like this can jump start even more volunteer work throughout 2018. "It makes me feel wonderful. It also makes me think there is still good in the world and people are still willing to help each other," said Ken.

The Angel Tree donation building is located in the old Food Lion at 1796 Apperson Drive in Salem.

The Salvation Army accepts any donations at any time but to insure the bike gets to a child this Christmas, you need to drop off new bikes Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon