MIDWEST CITY — Wearing his Oklahoma Sooners jersey, Roy Wilson was a busy man on Bedlam Saturday at the Salvation
Wilson was among more than 150 volunteers who showed up to help put together 658 bikes for needy children across the metro. Wilson is a terminal manager for Old Dominion Freight.
The company hauled all of the bikes from the Huffy bicycle manufacturing plant in California.
Wilson was putting together a few bikes Saturday, and drove a forklift to move the large boxes into place for volunteers to unpack. It's the fifth year the company has hauled the bicycles into Oklahoma.
“We just wanted to help out,” Wilson said.
“I was born and raised on the south side. Now that I'm in a position to give back, that's what I'm going to do.”
44 bikes in 2006
That is music to D'Anna Pulliam's ears.
Pulliam, a Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary volunteer, came up with the idea of the Bucks for Bikes campaign.
When the program started in 2006, just 44 bikes were given away.
“We thought we had hung the moon,” Pulliam said of the first year. “It's only grown since then thanks to a lot of hard work and generosity from a lot of people. It's Bedlam Football Saturday, and look at all these people here helping out.”
Pulliam said the Bucks for Bikes program raised $26,000 during the year to purchase the bikes directly from Huffy. Parents register their children for the bikes through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.
Volunteers came from all over the city.
Pulliam said most metro-
The Oklahoma Bicycle Society donated a helmet for each bicycle.
The Southern Nazarene University soccer team spent the morning airing up tires.
Jimmy Mueller, owner of The Bicycle Store in Oklahoma City, began helping assemble the bikes three years ago.
His job is to make sure everything is in working order before the bikes are distributed.
Mueller said even in the age of electronics, children still want bicycles for Christmas.
“Nowadays the bicycle is still there,” he said. “Kids want one. It's freedom. It's pleasant, relaxing and fun to ride a bike.”