Local baristas donate 25 bikes to foster children with help of KFOR

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OKLAHOMA CITY - "Do you like bicycles?" asked Amber Green, barista at Starbucks.

"A lot," David said.

Thursday, David and Ashley were in for a special treat.

Employees at Starbucks are donating 25 bicycles to Oklahoma foster children.

It's part of a monthly community event.

The bike giveaway is much different than what they're used to doing - all spearheaded by the barista.

"We had about 15 days, and I raised about $1,700."

It was raised with customer donations from the Starbucks on May and Grand.

One regular at the store donated half of the money.

"Go from house to house to house with just a trash bag, and they don't have a bike of their own, and I felt like every child deserves a bag and a bike of their own,” Green said.

No doubt everyone who donated is proud to see the smiling faces of appreciation.

"I only took once spin, and that's it,” David said.

"Oh, you didn't want to hurt it?" asked reporter Lacey Lett.

"Yeah, I didn't want to ruin it," David said.

"Some of the kids who will be getting the bikes will be available for adoption, and other children are in foster care either waiting to be reuniting with parents or going through the process," said Sheree Powell, spokeswoman for DHS.

And, DHS said gifts like these are a great way for the public to get involved.

"I want to challenge the state to provide bikes for every foster youth in the state,” Green said.

The two kids, picking out their new set of wheels, are available for adoption.

"Why do you want to find a permanent home?"

"So, I can have a better life,” David said.

David is 12 and has been under DHS care for six years.

Ashley is 14, and she tells us she wants a family to treat her well and respect her for the wonderful girl she is.

"I like myself. I think I'm beautiful,” Ashley said.

Starbucks plans on doing the same community event for April.

Find out more information, visit the StarBikes GoFundMe account.

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