Volunteers in Tri-Cities build 2,000 bikes for kids in just 4 hours
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Volunteers in the Tri-Cities built 2,000 bikes for children in about four hours Friday at the Three Rivers Convention Center.
About 1,200 volunteers attended the 10th annual Bikes for Tikes this year. It’s a local charity event that aims to give bikes to disadvantaged children across the region, said Dan Richey, the event’s secretary.
Richey said Bikes for Tikes was started by two welders at Hanford’s Vit Plant who wanted to support the Marines’ Toys for Tots charity. So they came up with the idea to give away bikes to young kids.
The first year, volunteers assembled about 40 bikes. Since then, Bikes for Tikes has grown into a huge community effort involving hundreds of volunteers including high school students, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, medical staff and many other walks of life.
The event is led by the Plumber and Steamfitters Union Local 598 with support from Chinook Cycling Club, Griggs Ace Hardware, Les Schwab, Three Rivers Convention Center and more.
“Everybody remembers their first bike,” said Richey. “That’s what we provide for these kids.”
Richey said the event is constantly looking for donors to provide as many bikes as possible for kids in need.
Visit the Bikes for Tikes Facebook page to learn more.