Salvation Army program provides bicycles for Oklahoma City area children

More than 150 volunteers helped assemble 658 bicycles Saturday morning in Midwest City for the Salvation Army's Bucks for Bikes program, which provides bikes for Oklahoma City area children.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: December 4, 2011
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— Wearing his Oklahoma Sooners jersey, Roy Wilson was a busy man on Bedlam Saturday at the Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center and a vacant Walmart in Midwest City.

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.”

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