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"Bike Man" Gives Out Hundreds of Bikes
Hundreds of children in the metro got a special Christmas present this weekend, all thanks to one man. His fifth annual bike giveaway was held Saturday in Yukon.
John "The Bike Man" Ballard has turned his back yard in Yukon into a North Pole workshop. All year he's fixed up used bikes so that at Christmas he can send them home with boys and girls.
"It's like Christmas for me too," Ballard said. "Give the kids a little something to get their mind off, go out and ride their bike, go play, not worry about the adults things, you know."
At the giveaway, Ballard gave about 180 bikes. This holiday season, Ballard estimate about 400 children received bikes.
"It just feels really good. Feels like we've accomplished something even though its stressful at times, it pays off big time in the end," Ballard said.
"It's really a blessing to see that someone really cares about people out there this time of year. And not only that, that someone will go to the magnitude to say 'hey I'm here for you,' means a lot to people regardless of what you're receiving," said Leroy Gillespie.
Gillespie's grandchildren received bikes Saturday.
Ballard is proud of the fact that he's never turned a child down who has asked for a bike. To accomplish it this year, Ballard spent thousands of dollars himself buying 100 new bikes.
Ballard is always taking donations. If you would like to help with next year's giveaway, you can donate used bikes, bike parts or make any other donations. You can reach Ballard at 779-6574.
Posted: Saturday, December 22 2012, 09:48 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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