San Jose Kids Have 2,700 New Bikes

Isidro and Jesus Cazarez had given up on bikes after the one bicycle the two San Jose teens shared was stolen a couple of years ago.

They're giving bicycle travel another chance, as are 2,698 other kids in San Jose this holiday season, thanks to a local charity.

TurningWheels for Kids plans to donate 2,700 bicycles to low-income children in the San Jose area, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Cazarez kids had their bikes assembled in the garage of Jim Schallau, an avid cyclist who's also active with the charity, according to the newspaper.

Sue Runsvold, a Santa Clara Valley Medical Center nurse, began the charity, along with the process of selecting bicycle recipients through a nomination process, according to the newspaper.

Schallau and his wife have known the boys' mother, Martina Palomino, for 14 years. In addition to bikes, the boys have received help in school and in life from the Schallaus via Sacred Heart Community Services, according to the newspaper.

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