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Final touches put on toys & bikes for 3,800 Lowcountry children

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -  In just 2 weeks, gifts will surround Christmas trees around the world. 

But, the prep-time is now! 

Final touches were made to hundreds of gifts Thursday, in a warehouse called, "Santa's Workshop," by volunteers with the Spokes Group and the Salvation Army. 

The Spokes Group of Charleston donated 200 bikes to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. 

The purpose behind it is simple.

"Everyone can remember that first bike," said Spokes Group Charleston Executive Director Austin Thornton. "The first Christmas when there was a bike under the Christmas tree and the freedom it presents."

Thornton says in the 4 years, the organization has given more than 1,200 bikes to children in the Tri-County area. 

Through donations and volunteers, the wheels were put on and handle-bars tightened. 

It's a labor of love Ian Coleman knows all too well.

"Putting the reflectors on, pumping the wheels up, put the seats in, put the handle-bars on, start the pedals," said Coleman. 

Coleman has worked with the Spokes Group for years and traveled from Charlotte to help assemble the bikes.

By the end of Wednesday, he will have worked more than 30 hours over the last three days.

His eyes, set on December 25th. 

"I guess the kids are just going to have a good Christmas," said Coleman.

That spirit was echoed by all involved.

"Merry Christmas and enjoy," said Thornton.

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