To bring joy to children less fortunate, Stow-Munroe Falls High School boys soccer team joined other organizations along with Elves and More of Northeast Ohio for the 11th year to help the Elves and More Foundation build bikes for area communities.

Each year, Elves and More team up to gift an entire community bikes. This year, they plan on giving three communities bikes in Summit, Stark and Cuyahoga counties. The SMFHS boys soccer team volunteered at a warehouse in Solon on Dec. 14 to help assemble bikes and participated in all facets of the bike assembly.

"The bike build has become a tradition for our players, coaches, and families over the years," said according to head soccer coach Kyle Kosmala. "It is a great cause and it feels good knowing that we are helping make the holidays special for kids. Through the goodness of Elves and More of Northeast Ohio and the many volunteers 1,000 bikes were built that day with the intent to bring hope and joy to children living within our communities during the Christmas holiday season."

Elves and More of Northeast Ohio is unique that it is unlike typical adopt a family programs which only select individual families, they adopt entire neighborhoods so that every child living within the selected neighborhood receives a Christmas gift, nobody gets left out. The hope is that through their efforts they are able to start a cycle of caring and giving that repeats itself, generation after generation. Since the organization first started, they have gifted more than 16,000 bikes.

For information on Elves and more their website, and Stow High School Boys Soccer Team