Archive for Friday, December 3, 2004

Prison bike giveaway program grows

December 3, 2004

— A holiday tradition in Lansing continues to grow.

Every Christmas for the past 14 years years, inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility have refurbished discarded or abandoned bicycles that are turned over to financially disadvantaged children. What began as a local bicycle-refurbishing program fixing fewer than eight bikes has grown to an areawide event with more than 400 bikes going to needy children.

On Thursday in ceremonies at the Lansing Community Center, bikes were given to representatives of 27 agencies from as far away as Topeka for distribution in their communities.

The Lansing Correctional Facility's Christmas Bike Giveaway program began in 1999.

"It was very small at first," Lansing Correctional Facility Warden David McKune said. "It's just gotten big."

Locally, residents, including many Lansing High School students, collect unwanted bicycles from community members and turn them over to the Lansing Correctional Facility's workshop. Lansing Police donate the bikes they've confiscated or found over the year.

Lansing children will receive six of the bikes on Dec. 18 through the Mayor's Christmas Fund.

For the full story, check the Dec. 9 Current.

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