Viola Werner has become a well-known name in the Muscatine community during the holiday season. Werner and some of her friends have been donating bikes to children in need during KWPC and Vintage Sound’s Toy Time for over ten years.
This year, more than 825 children are signed up to receive assistance from the Salvation Army for Christmas gifts, over 100 more children than in 2016.
This year, Werner and her fundraising group, “Toyz 4 Kids,” brought in 71 new bicycles on Thursday, December 7. This was made possible by donations from individuals, businesses, the Muscatine County Sherriff’s Office, and Carriage House Carpet One in downtown Muscatine.
While the number of bikes was slightly less than last year, Lt. Brook Lopez of the Salvation Army of Muscatine said, “Many of our kids have bikes from previous years, so not every kid on our list needs a bike this year.”
The donated bikes came in many sizes, from tricycles to cruiser bikes perfect for a teenager. All the bikes were brought into Krieger’s show room and put on display for a couple days before being handed over to the Salvation Army of Muscatine to distribute to families in need who previously requested new bikes for their children.