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It’s amazing what some people will throw out instead of donating to a good cause. According to WFLA-TV, two workers with Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management in Florida are turning so-called “trash” into treasure for local kids.

While on their trash collection route, Ron Milligan and Kenneth Walker Jr. noticed usable bikes being thrown out. One even had a new tag still on it, and it gave them an idea. They started saving, fixing, and donating the bikes to Children’s Services for kids in need. All of this was done with the blessing of their managers.

Milligan and Walker delivered 26 refurbished bikes in their first load. They’re currently working on 50 more for their next drop off. “A lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to have a bike, so if it gives them that small change, it’s a good feeling,” says Milligan.

Related: Thrift Store Donation Do’s And Don’ts

This reminds me of a great resource here in Charlotte. The Re-Cyclery refurbishes and sells donated bikes to raise money for the Trips for Kids program, which gets underserved youth involved in cycling and even provides college scholarships. You can learn more about the bike shop and ways you can help HERE.

Kid riding bike