Chiquita Canyon Landfill employees donated 93 hand-built bicycles to local kids for the holidays on Friday.
This is the 5th year that employees of Chiquita Canyon, which operates a landfill in Castaic, have built and donated bikes to local kids for the holidays, according to spokesman John Musella.
“Chiquita Canyon does this program every year, it’s called Christmas Promise,” Musella said. “We work with different nonprofits to find kids who’ve never had a bike before. And it’s really cool to see them get their first bike, start riding it, and see the light in their eyes of the holidays and give them something special.”
36 of the bicycles were given to volunteers with Santa Clarita Grocery, a local non-profit that provides groceries for about 350 families in need every month. They plan to distribute the bikes to local families in their service network, according to founder Bradley Grose.
“For us to be able to do this is really just bringing Christmas joy, holiday joy to some of these people who are having a rough time in life,” Grose said. “This is just an opportunity to give back in an even greater way besides just nourishment. To really bring some joy to their kids.”
Santa Clarita Grocery is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Santa Clarita. They provide fresh milk, eggs, meat, and produce to local families every week on Wednesday and Saturday, according to Grose.
The bikes were handed off to Santa Clarita Grocery volunteers at an event Friday afternoon. A few local families were on hand to receive bikes. The kids picked out the bikes they wanted and rode them around together before taking them home. Leonardo Rivas was there with his three kids Micah (5), Esther (9) and Leo (11).
“It’s really a blessing, it means a lot,” Rivas said. “They had one bike that they were all sharing. And this year’s been hard, so to see the smile on their faces having their own bikes, that’s all that matters.”
This is the second year Chiquita Canyon has partnered with Santa Clarita Grocery for their annual bike donation. Santa Clarita Grocery plans to distribute the bikes at their Canyon Country location this coming Saturday and Monday, according to Grose. The remaining 57 bikes are set to be delivered to the Boys and Girls Club.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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