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Alaska Waste builds bikes for families in need

  • Author: Loren Holmes
  • Updated: December 7, 2019
  • Published December 7, 2019

Alaska Waste driver John Clark does a wheelie to test a newly-built bicycle at Alaska Waste's bike build on Saturday. Alaska Waste employees started with a goal of raising enough money to purchase 20 bikes, and ended up with 77, which will be distributed to families in need through the Salvation Army. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Surrounded by green garbage trucks, dozens of Alaska Waste employees and their families gathered on Saturday morning to build bikes for families in need this holiday season.

“Do you remember getting your first bike?” said John Clark, a driver for the refuse company. “I do. My dad got me a Schwinn Typhoon. It was too big for me, but I loved it. I think this is a great idea."

Alex and McKenzie Sellmann assemble a bicycle at Alaska Waste's bike build. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Inspired by a similar event put on last year by Alaska Waste’s Kenai office, this year the Anchorage employees pooled donations and bought 77 bikes, which will be donated through the Salvation Army’s Neighborhood GIFT program later this month. Walmart and Fred Meyer sold Alaska Waste the bikes at a discount.

“Our employees really came out in force for our first annual bike build. We raised enough money to buy 77 bikes. That’s 77 excited kids on Christmas. We hope these bikes bring joy to Anchorage families this holiday,” said Laurel Andrews, Alaska Waste community outreach specialist.

Alaska Waste employees raised money to purchase 77 bicycles, which will be distributed to families in need through the Salvation Army. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
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