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Club donates bicycles during holidays
Dozens of brand new bicycles of all colors shimmered in the warm sunlight as volunteers with the Brunswick Exchange Club unloaded them from trucks Friday.

The volunteers were beaming almost as bright as the sunlight reflecting from the new metal of almost 75 bicycles to be donated to local children.

Steven Floyd, president of the club, heaved an orange and white bicycle out of a truck and into the club's headquarters.

The annual bike-giving has been a part of the club's holiday season for almost 30 years.

"It might even be 30-plus years. This was all started by Powell McDonald (a former club member now deceased) when he used to fix up bicycles and give them to children around the community," Floyd said.

The event morphed into what it is today, which includes purchasing new bikes. Chaired by Mike Bearden, it is close to the heart of every Exchange Club member.

Through fundraisers during the year, the club is able to purchase bikes for small children and high schoolers.

The club connects the bikes to families who need them with the help of social workers from the Glynn County School System.

"It's a real All-American gift," Floyd said. "Every child wants a bike. This is something that will last them a long time."

Floyd says parents usually pick up the bicycles without the children, giving the opportunity for the Exchange Club to remain semi-anonymous in the homes.

"We just want to provide a helping hand during the Christmas season, " Floyd said.

SBlt Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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