One of the most heartwarming aspects of the holiday outreach at the Davis Street Family Resource Center is the Bikes for Tykes giveaway organized by Officer Louie Brandt of the San Leandro Police Department.
In this video you can Brandt and hear about how police officers helped galvanize community support.
The veteran patrolman has built up the program over the last three years to the point where he raised around $30,000 in 2012 to purchase 385 bikes and helmets on behalf of his fellow officers.
Money was raised through a spaghetti feed fundraiser Brandt hosted in April that received $10,000. Local businesses donated the rest of the $20,000.
Davis Street acquired another 50 bicycles through other donations to bring it to 435 — the number of children who will ride off on new bicycles today.