In the City of Loves Park there’s a garage full of bikes.
“Some of the bikes we have include little BMX bikes, we have big mountain bikes, little kid bikes, adult bikes–there’s a variety. We have a bunch of everything” said Loves Park Officer Chad Palmer.
Lost, stolen, and even abandoned bikes fill the garage in hopes that their rightful owner eventually comes forward.
“Each bike has a case number associated with it, whether it was either lost, stolen, or found.”
Ofc. Chad Palmer says these bikes have been here for several months, so now they’re being donated.
“It’s getting to be a burden–we have a ton of them right now.”
The bikes will go to the Salvation Army’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program. It’s a free program that helps hundreds of addicts live a life of sobriety.
“It’s a residential work therapy program. They come out ready to go to work and back in the workforce,” said Salvation Army Major Robert McClintock.
It’s a program that 40-50 men are already enrolled in, funded by donations and sales from the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. Those stores selling donated goods at a cheap price, making it a win-win for the community and those who need help.
“Our men are here for a period of 6-12 months in a residential program fighting a drug addiction. If they need a bicycle–they’ve got a bicycle. The ones they don’t need will go out to our thrift stores and we’ll sell them and the proceeds from the thrift store supports our program,” said McClintock.