Bikes for Tykes 2012 kicks off

COOS BAY, Ore.-- South Coast Bikes for Tykes 2012 event kicked off to a strong start Saturday.

The event, held annually by Coos Cycle Supply, had volunteers building more than 20 bikes, and many more are expected to arrive during a second shipment Tuesday.

"We have 26 bikes we're putting together right now, and another 33 we're going to put together on Tuesday," said Walt Evans, Coos Cycle Supply owner. "This is a collection of fundraisers and individuals that have heard us on the radio and stop by and offered their support for South Coast Bikes for Tykes and toy run we do every year."

Evans said he and his volunteers hope to build more than 70 bikes this year to donate to the Salvation Army. In addition to the bikes, hundreds of dollars in toys are also being donated.

"Every kid needs a bike," Evans said. "Having a bike is just a part of being a kid."

South Coast Bikes for Tykes still needs help reaching its goal. In addition to bike horns for all bikes and bike baskets for girl's bikes, Evans is asking people to sponsor either an entire bike or a part of a bike.

"It's not too late to help," he said.

If you choose to sponsor part of a bike, your donation will be paired up with another partial donation and put towards the purchase of a new bike that a volunteer will put together.

The bikes and toys will be delivered to the Salvation Army on Sunday Dec. 16.