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NORFOLK - It will be a very Merry Christmas for dozens of children in need this holiday.

Employees of TowneBank on Tuesday morning dropped off 47 bicycles at the Salvation Army distribution center in Norfolk.

Bank workers raised money in their offices and bought the bikes. Then, they'll work with the Marines to hand them out.

Many of the employees said they couldn't wait to be part of the moment when a parent gets a bike for their child.

The Salvation Army began its Southside Hampton Roads distribution on Monday for approved families to get toys, stockings, clothes, and food.

The Salvation Army will begin Peninsula distribution on Monday, December 17 and conclude Friday, December 21 from its warehouse at 439 Oriana Road in Newport News.

Spokesman Matt Pochily says community giving has made it possible to serve more than 55,000 people during the Christmas season. The Christmas Depot at 4725 Virginia Beach Blvd. in Virginia Beach will serve 1,200 to 1,300 families a day seeking toys, clothing, and food, he stated.

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