SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - A San Francisco warehouse was transformed into Santa’s workshop for an annual bike and toy giveaway. It was possible by the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, generous donors and volunteers.
“It feels amazing, I get to help out people that are less fortunate than me,” said 13 year old volunteer Gabriella.
To be considered for a bike, kids have to write letters, “Saying why firefighters should make their day,” said event coordinator Jill Peeler.
Volunteers then pick 300 deserving kids. Eight year old Zulu Onyimadu wrote a letter, but not for herself, “I wrote a letter for my brother since he didn’t have a bike and he got one.”
Her brother isn’t the only one to ride away on a new bike, she was surprised with one too, “I have a bike and so does he so we can ride together in the park,” she said.
The excitement didn’t stop there. San Francisco mayor London Breed stopped by the event and Zulu is a big fan, “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you get to meet the mayor,” she said.
The mayor was just as happy to meet Zulu.
“Of of course we can’t let her walk out of here without a bike for herself. It’s really great just shows even at an early age kids are thinking about others and that’s what this is about,” said Mayor London Breed.