Hundreds of volunteers and students from area high schools were busy Friday morning putting together bikes at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
KENNEWICK, WA - Hundreds of volunteers and students, from area high schools, were busy Friday morning putting together bikes at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
U.A. Local Union 598 Plumbers & Steamfitters donated more than 1,500 bikes, as part of their Bikes for Tikes program. This is the fourth year for the program and it continues to grow every year; in its first year they donated a little more than 100 bikes.
Organizers say it only takes a couple hours to assemble the bikes because they get so many volunteers wanting to help.
"It's really awesome to see a bunch of young high school kids...a lot of them have never put anything together," said Pete Nicacio, the business manager for the union. "Each table has a craftsman with them and they'll learn how to put bikes together...by the end of the day, they'll be very proficient," he continued.
The bikes will be handed out on Saturday during the Toys for Tots pickup at the fairgrounds.