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Vocational students fix bikes for needy kids

The Salvation Army has been working hard to make sure area children will have a merry Christmas. And this week, they’ll receive some help.

Students from the Gladys H. Oberle School vocational center refurbished 10 bikes to donate to the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy drive.

They’ll drop the bikes off to the Salvation Army’s Toyland on State Route 3 tomorrow afternoon.

Some of the bikes were donated by local residents to the school’s vocational center and students worked to prepare the bikes in time for The Salvation Army’s Toyland efforts.

Salvation Army Captain Matthew Satterlee said:

“We are delighted to receive the bikes from the Oberle School. The students worked very hard to make the bikes look like brand new and I know it will make some local children very happy on Christmas morning.”

If you’d like to help the Salvation Army’s annual toy drive, you can still donate toys through the end of the week, at 2012 Lafayette Blvd.  8 a.m. to  4 p.m. or  at the thrift store at 2010 Lafayette Blvd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m The Salvation Army still needs toys for about 500 area children. The deadline to donate was last week, but the agency is accepting toys this week, to try and meet the demand.

The Gladys H. Oberle School in Fredericksburg is an accredited private special education alternative day school for tweens and teens. Its mission is to provide youth with the education and skills they need to become successfully employed, self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.