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Elves deliver 1,300 bicycles in Akron, Barberton

Beacon Journal staff report

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The elves were busy over the weekend in the Akron area, delivering bikes to 1,300 needy children in Akron and Barberton.

Elves and More of Northeastern Ohio gave out bikes Sunday morning on the south side of Akron and in Barberton.

This was the first time the nonprofit group, in its eighth year, distributed more than 1,000 bikes, went to more than one neighborhood and gave bikes outside of Akron.

“It was a great day,” said co-founder Brian Miner, noting that the weather was in the 60s and sunny for most of the time when bikes were being distributed.

Volunteers fitted the bikes to each child, also providing helmets, tricycles for younger children and gift boxes for infants.

Miner said the group has gotten lots of thank-yous from children and parents since the big, secret giveaway.

The group keeps the location where it will be giving bikes out a secret until the day of the event when volunteers roll into town and start giving bikes away.

The effort is helped by Akron police and several local businesses, including Con-way Freight, which donates trucking services and provides volunteers.


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