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Variety hosts its 21st annual bike giveaway

More than 400 students rewarded.

Holiday bike giveaway

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - More than 400 kids lined up at Palm Springs Motors to receive a very special gift.

"I had butterflies in my stomach," said fourth-grader, Mary Aler, from Desert Hot Springs.

Sunday morning, Variety the Children's Charity of the Desert, hosted the 21st annual Care for Kids bike presentation.

"It's a wonderful way to reach out to he community. Give something back. Make a positive difference in a young child's life," said Variety Board Member Terri Nueman.

A giveaway made possible by KPLM's radiothon.

"This year we exceeded our expectations. We raised $77,000. We're so proud of all of the people who called in and contributed," Terri said. 

"It doesn't matter how much you can give. Anything you give will go towards this wonderful cause. This is my first time doing it and I'm going to make it an annual tradition," said Pam Parker, a bike donor. 

All bikes were assembled by Palm Springs Motors technicians.

Each deserving fourth-grader who received a bike was nominated by their teachers.

"I never learned how to ride a bike yet, and I want to learn it," Mary said.

"She came home screaming. And she was like, 'Mommy, Mommy i got a bike! I'm so excited.' And I thanked her teacher and her teacher said, 'Oh she did all the hard work,'" said Maree Aler, Mary's mom. 

Aler says she strives to be a good student and role model for her peers.

"So other kids can learn how to be nice and they can do their homework," said Aler.

"What a wonderful thing for the holidays. If this doesn't put you in the spirit, nothing will," Parker said.

 

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