Ace, Bikes4Kids wheels in Christmas cheer

Contributing Writer

Naughty or nice, dozens of underprivileged children had a “wheely” good holiday when they found bicycles under the Christmas tree.

Keeping its decades-old Christmas Promise, the regional division of Ace Solid Waste Inc. gave Bikes4Kids the necessary funds to purchase replacement parts, refurbish the bicycles and fund the expenses necessary to get donated bikes in tip-top shape.

“Ace gave all the money needed. We are just the facilitator,” said executive director Al Sannerud, on whose family farm Bikes4Kids operates.

As he spoke, volunteers wheeled 53 bicycles into a giant trailer to be delivered to Conway Community Recreation Center in St. Paul on Dec. 21. The recreation center then gifted those bicycles to children in need.

When asked about Ace Solid Waste’s selection of Bikes4Kids as a partner to fulfill its annual Christmas Promise, Ace Division Vice President Dave Wiggins talked about a senior member of the administrative team whose father had Alzheimer’s disease.

Posing with eight of the 53 bikes to be delivered to children in need this holiday season, Bikes4Kids volunteers and Ace Solid Waste representatives stand outside the Bikes4Kids repair shop. Pictured here are (left-right) Ace Supervisor Scott Walkner, driver Tom Anderson, Bikes4Kids executive director Al Sannerud, volunteers Bob Gambrel and Dave Hauschild, Ace Division Vice President Dave Wiggins, Ace accountant Amy Wood, Bikes4Kids volunteer Lowell Kutches and Ace accountant Jami Monda. Photos by Sue Austreng
Posing with eight of the 53 bikes to be delivered to children in need this holiday season, Bikes4Kids volunteers and Ace Solid Waste representatives stand outside the Bikes4Kids repair shop. Pictured here are (left-right) Ace Supervisor Scott Walkner, driver Tom Anderson, Bikes4Kids executive director Al Sannerud, volunteers Bob Gambrel and Dave Hauschild, Ace Division Vice President Dave Wiggins, Ace accountant Amy Wood, Bikes4Kids volunteer Lowell Kutches and Ace accountant Jami Monda. Photos by Sue Austreng

“Even as he lost so much of his memory, he always remembered his first bicycle. That was the one thing he never forgot. Bikes4Kids was the perfect partner for the Promise,” Wiggins said and indicated that Ace plans to continue partnering with Bikes4Kids for future bike giveaways.

Christmas Promise is a holiday program established by Waste Connections, previous owner of Ace Solid Waste.

When employees were invited to donate money to the cause this Christmas, Wiggins said, they raised $1,900; with a match by Ace, a total of $3,800 made Christmas dreams come true for 53 children.

The all-volunteer driven Bikes4Kids (the Robert & Wilma Burbach Bike Foundation) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and was founded to collect recycled bicycles, refurbish and redistribute them to children and underprivileged people of the world.

Bicycles come from recycling centers, businesses and individuals in Anoka County and the entire Twin Cities metro area.

Each bike is given away free of charge with safety and maintenance instructions and a helmet.

To learn more about Bikes4Kids, visit Bikes4KidsMN.org.

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