Kenai’s Alaska Waste team is in the spirit of giving this holiday season. The group raised money to purchase 62 bikes and scooters for local families in need.
The waste services company held its Christmas Promise Bike Build for the second year in a row earlier this season. The money raised allowed the team to buy 62 bikes and scooters and 62 helmets, which will be distributed to area families through nonprofit Love Inc. The bikes were delivered to Love Inc. Dec. 11.
Kenai’s Walmart gave discounts to Alaska Waste to support the bike build, Laurel Andrews, who works in community outreach for Alaska Waste, said.
Employees raised more than $4,000 with donations and fundraisers from the employees. About 15 employees volunteered to build the bikes last week, Andrews said.
Andrews said the Kenai team’s success has inspired the Anchorage Alaska Waste team to hold its own bike build.
“In Anchorage we purchased 77 bikes (and helmets), which will be distributed to families in need by the Salvation Army,” Andrews said.