Each year, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Re-Cycle for Kids program collects new and used bikes to be spruced up and given to local kids in need.

Each year, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Re-Cycle for Kids program collects new and used bikes to be spruced up and given to local kids in need.

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Sheriff’s Office to collect bikes during parade

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 6, 2019

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BIRMINGHAM — The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade is a tried and true tradition for lots of local families.

But there’s nothing wrong with adding something new to an old favorite.

For the first time, the parade festivities in downtown’s Shain Park on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, will include a charitable bicycle drive for local kids in need. Re-CYCLE for Kids is an effort through the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and, with a little bit of help from the Dan Gutfreund Realty Group, the charity will collect used bikes to be refurbished and made available at no cost to kids and adults alike.  

Hundreds of bikes have been distributed to date through the program’s participating nonprofit organizations. After bikes are collected, deputies supervise inmates in labor community service as they refurbish and repair the bikes.

“Sheriff’s Re-CYCLE for Kids is a great way for the community to step up and help bring a lot of joy into a child’s life,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in a press release. “I encourage citizens to go into their garages and load up those bikes that aren’t being used anymore and bring them in.”

The Gutfreund team will donate 50 new bikes to the cause, while people can drop off bikes at the park during the parade weekend at a moving truck that will be parked on Henrietta Street.

“(Re-CYCLE for Kids) is another great way for the community to come out and support our annual Birmingham Hometown Parade and party,” said Cherilynn Mynsberge, Birmingham city clerk and the parade organizer.

The Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade will begin at 1 p.m. May 19 in downtown Birmingham. For more information, visit bhamgov.org.

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