Warren police, church team up to provide bikes for kids

The Warren Police Department and North Mar Church are giving away bicycles

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kids in Warren are going to benefit thanks to the generosity of the Warren Police Department and a local church.

Members of North Mar Church on East Market in Warren picked up 80 bicycles from the Warren Police Department on Wednesday. The bicycles are ones that are either lost, stolen or abandoned on city streets throughout the year. 

The bicycles will be fixed up and refurbished by volunteers from the church and distributed to kids in the church’s network, such as Willard School, North Road Elementary, and Mind, Body & Soul. The children will receive the bikes if they are succeeding in academics, attitude, character building and behavior.

“Normally, if it is a decent bike, the owner will come back and pick it up and we will give it back to them, but in a lot of situations, they go unclaimed,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci.

Warren police typically hold an auction for the bicycles and the money goes into the police departments funds, but the department decided to donate the bikes this year instead.

“We probably won’t get to them all this year, but we are going to try and get as many as we can fixed up and get them to the kids. There are other members of the church that heard about this and want to get involved now, so it has grown into something bigger than we thought it would be,” North Mar Church member Gary Franco said.

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