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'Bikes were harder to get this year:' Organizers continue 18th annual 'Bike or Bust'

From food donations to bikes, organizations are coming together to make sure nobody goes without during this holiday season.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — "Bikes were harder to get this year," said, Vicki Whisnant, president of Rocket City Mustang Club.

There are many reasons why that may be the case.

"I think they are difficult to get this year because the kids are all out of school so maybe the parents had to buy bikes or do whatever to keep them occupied during the day since they are not going to school," says Whisnant.

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'Bikes or Bust' brings a solution to those wanting a bike but cannot get one. The event goes until November 23 at Ashley Home Store, located at 3020 South Memorial Parkway.

"We want kids to be able to get outside, get sun and actually have some fun because they've been locked inside for almost a year now and that's just not a great thing for any child, at any age," said Sgt. James Thompson, 2020 Annual Toys For Tots coordinator.

Bikes aren't the only things being donated. Food donations are also needed.

"We also want to provide food because again, COVID has hit everyone really hard with losing jobs and not being able to go into work, working less hours," said Thompson.

From food donations to bikes, organizations are coming together to make sure nobody goes without during this holiday season.

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"We know that it's really needed this year, I mean every year there are kids that need bikes but I think this year more," said Whisnant.

And luckily, the community is willing to come together and provide kids with those bikes.

"Anything that we can do to help the community, we always step in and we do that," said Whisnant.

While people are giving back, it provides them with something as well.

"We love it, and it's an amazing feeling, especially when, you know, we get videos sent to us of children opening their presents and it's very heartwarming, it almost brings tears to the eyes," said Thompson.

Bike and food donations will be accepted through Monday, November 23.

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