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$35k raised by Debi’s Kids providing hundreds of bikes for children

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

This year Debi's Kids raised $35,000 for gifts that will keep kids active.

Crews have been working around the clock at the North Charleston Convention Center getting those bikes ready for Christmas.

"It's a good way to stay involved in the community and at the same time to give back," said Ken Caldwell, co-founder of Spokes Group Charleston.

The volunteer organization is putting together 500 bikes for Debi's Kids.

Co-founder, Hope Caldwell said, "We are unloading in just a little while and assembling 500 bikes in four days."

Pile after pile taken off the truck, the crew has a long way to go before reaching their goal.

"This is our 3rd year but this is by far the most amount of bicycles that we have assembled," said Hope Caldwell.

Spokes Group Charleston has been a huge help to Debi's Kids this holiday season. Their goal is to get bikes for kids in time for Christmas morning.

Ken Caldwell said, "I think the idea of putting children on bikes and the independence that it gives them, plus exercise. We all know that our children need to be out and be active, what better way to do it than a brand new bike on Christmas morning."

Spokes Group Charleston was able to pay a lower price for each bike and each child will also get a helmet.

"$70 purchases a bicycle, a helmet and pays for the assembly. So what we did was receive the money from Debi's Kids and handled the logistics," said Hope Caldwell.

All 500 bikes will be given out through the Salvation Army Angel Tree toy drive. Debi's Kids worked throughout the year to raise the money needed for the bicycles.

Ken Caldwell said, "I just look forward to see a bunch of smiling faces and to know that they're out there on Christmas day when they get these bicycles and helmets."

If you would like to support the cause you can donate toys at local Walmart stores.

You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a child 12 and younger any time between now and Friday, December 13th.

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