NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - What happened in a WalMart parking lot on Monday morning guarantees more than 1,000 children will have a new bike under the Christmas tree in one month.

Santa Claus and his elves got a big help from Middle Tennessee grownups as 1,000 bikes for kids were donated.

The parking lot served as a Christmas tree, decorated not with bulbs, but with bikes.

More than 1,000 bikes were loaded on motorized trucks serving as Santa’s sleigh, delivered to kids in need of a nice Christmas Day, one at a time.

Sheila Wallace makes sure every kid at the Bethany Center in Murfreesboro gets a bicycle.

“If we can make that one child happy, we’re gonna make that one child happy,” said Wallace. “They didn’t need any other toy, they just wanted a bike.”

For a 10-year-old, a bike is freedom. News4’s Lisa Spencer, a mom and 10-year-volunteer, knows what this means.

Jack FM radio put the call out for donations a month ago. The response was overwhelming.

“Just imagine. I’m so happy, I just can’t believe this has gone so well. Thank you everybody,” said Jack FM DJ Moose, who was more like a mouse when he took it all in.

It’s the Christmas spirit in November.

 

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Terry Bulger has been bringing you stories of the people and places that make Tennessee unique and interesting on News4 since 1990. Contact Terry if you have an interesting community story for him to cover.

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