At 8 a.m. Nov. 3, two Old Dominion Freight Lines 18-wheelers rolled silently through the streets of Midwest City, Oklahoma, to deliver a cargo that would make dreams come true for children in Central Oklahoma.
Filled with more than 650 bicycles, these trucks hauled their load from Huffy on the East Coast to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Christmas Distribution Center in Midwest City for free, donating the use of their trucks to help make Christmas a joy for even the most poverty-stricken child.
During the summer, The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary set out counter top Red Kettles in more than 60 businesses in the metro area. For the month of July, residents donated a dollar or two, but at the end of the month, more than $24,000 had been raised to purchase bicycles for children on The Angel Tree.
“Every year, hundreds of children dream of a new bike at Christmas,” said D’Anna Pulliam, Salvation Army Women’ Auxiliary. “Every year, we try to fill every child’s wish, but sometimes, not all children can get that bike. The goal of Buck$ 4 Bikes is to raise money so that every child who dreams of a new bike can get one.”
The Salvation Army Angel Tree features 2,000 families this year. The children and elderly of that family are placed on paper Angels, along with their most hopeful wish for Christmas, and the public “adopts” those Angels to shop for. This year, The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be at both Penn Square Mall and Quail Springs Mall with space donated by both.
“This is the most amount of money we’ve raised for bikes,” said Pulliam. “So many more needy children will have their Christmas wishes come true.”
On Dec. 19-21, The Salvation Army will distribute the gifts to the families… this year, many more children will have Christmas dreams come true.