Dennis Baker is a senior citizen who doesn’t take any time off to enjoy retirement. Instead, he has fun refurbishing bikes for children who are in need. He has repaired and donated bikes for over 10 years, and he is still going strong so that he can see a smile on the face of a child who might not have a bike to ride.
Most of the bikes are donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. He works for about three hours every day, making sure that each bike is safe to ride. Baker also adds a few special details, such as new paint or a few streamers. He wants to make them look as close to new condition as possible. His goal is to continue working for another 10 years, donating bikes to the Christmas program and to other children who he comes across who desire to ride a bike outside. All of the work is done inside a workshop at his home. Recent work will likely mean that he donates close to 100 bikes this year. One of the things that he would like help with is the safety gear. This includes helmets and knee pads so that children don’t get hurt while riding. Even if there isn’t a helmet given with the bike, he knows that a child will wake up on Christmas morning to a wonderful present under the tree.