KENNEWICK, WA. -- The Plumber and Pipefitters Local 598 Union invited students from Richland High School Friday to help assemble 500 bicycles that they raised for their Bikes for Tykes campaign, ultimately going to Toys for Tots.
The Union workers at Hanford's Vit plant started the drive, raising $23,000 to buy the bikes, and $5000 for helmets. 100 students and faculty members along with 100 union workers worked together all morning doing what they could to give back.
Pete Nicacio from the local 598 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, said, "It's just really gratifying to see our local to get involved in such a big way and knowing so many kids are going to be happy on Christmas day."
Brian Smith, the Material Science Technology and Engineering Design Teacher at Richland High school was at the event today, he said, "Well the kids wanted to come out here and they're having a great time. They're over there laughing and doing a service project, and that's what it's really about."
The Vit Plant and local 598 workers also raised $5000 for Toys for Tots, which were combined with other donations on Friday and sorted for distribution by students and workers.