VIDEO: New bikes for South Bay children for the holidays

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — The season of giving has arrived early for some needy families in the South Bay, and there is nothing like a new bike to put a smile on a kid’s face.

“I got a new helmet and my name is on it….pretty cool,” said Jeffrey Artacho, who got a new bike.

Artacho was one of 33 kids who got a new bike on Friday courtesy of the Global Children Foundation whose mission is to help kids in need.

“We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families with children under 15 years old,” said Karen Chung, who is with the Global Children Foundation.

The kids who got the bikes attend San Martin/Gwinn, Rucker, or Luther Burbank elementary schools in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

And for most of these kids, it’s the first bike they have ever had.

“Not only that, but many of them don’t even know how to ride a bike, so it’s a chance for them to get some exercise as well,” Luther Burbank Principal Kristin Murphy said. “It’s a really big deal.”

The sheriff’s office partnered with the donor on the giveaway, reminding the kids to wear their helmets.

The prospect of a new bike was also a motivator back in the classroom.

“They know that they have to do their best, so they know there is something good waiting for them down the road,” Santa Clara County Assistant Sheriff Rick Sung said.

The road will no doubt be the sidewalk for another year or two, until the training wheels come off.

But a new bike is a new bike, and it was at the top of the wish list this year for Artacho.

“On a one to then scale, I’d say this is about an eight,” Artacho said.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON: 

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