CLEVELAND - Children in some of Cleveland's toughest neighborhoods got a gift they will never forget thanks to a local non-profit.
The Elves and More of Northeast Ohio delivered semi trucks full of more than one thousand new bicycles, tricycles, helmets and toys for children. Organizers say their goal is simple, spread hope and make sure no one gets left out. They say gifting bicycles exposes and connects children to opportunities outside of their neighborhood.
"Get connected to after school programs, mentorship opportunities, something that may not be available here in the neighborhood," said Brian Miller with the Elves and More of Northeast Ohio.
Families were overjoyed at the sight of Santa and his elves delivering all the new bikes.
"I'm very happy and I thank you guys for all this," said Megan Lacey, a child who received a new bike.
Over the past eleven years the non-profit has gifted more than 10,000 bikes in Akron. This is the first year they have distributed bikes in Cleveland. Akron and Cleveland Police Departments were on hand to support the event along with the help of 100 volunteers. All the bikes are purchased through donations.