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Bikes Built for Toys for Tots

Steve Leavitt Steve Leavitt
Daniel Yu-Cua Daniel Yu-Cua

By Roger Mari

Honolulu (KHNL) -- This year, dozens of volunteers from the British Areospace Industry helped in this years annual toy collection.

Nothing beats getting a brand new bike for Christmas.

Volunteers, along with the marines are making the dream come true for some Hawaii children.

Over the past two years, Toys for Tots Hawaii put a new spin in its campaign by assembling bikes for needy children in Hawaii.

"I think it will really brighten up their Christmas, and you know everyone likes a bike when you're at that certain age," Bob Putes of BAE Systems said.

Some of these volunteers don't mind sacrificing a Saturday morning to do some wrenching for a good cause.

"Actually this is fun work. The large majority of us are technicians nuclear inspectors ship builders, electronic technicians so a chance to get down here and do some good old fashioned bike building is a real joy," Steve Leavitt of BAE Systems said.

From Santa's littlest helpers to the more experienced bike assemblers, all feel a sense of gratification knowing that what they're doing will put a smile on the faces of those less fortunate.

"It feels like proud of myself to do all these different bikes for children who don't have them and can't afford them," bike builder Daniel Yu-Cua said.

"You're bringing joy to people you don't even know, never see them but you know you made them happy," Leavitt said.

They might never meet the children who will receive these bikes, but it's all being done in the spirit of Christmas.

In about two hours, Santas helpers were able to put together 100 brand new bikes which will be distributed to children in Hawaii by the Salvation Army.

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