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University works with local group to build bikes for local kids

Rose-Hulman joins forces with Chances and Services for Youth. Their goal is to unload, build and deliver bikes for kids. It's part of the Bikes for Tykes program.

Posted: Dec 2, 2017 5:30 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 8:05 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind, (WTHI)- Megan Baker is a junior at Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology. She’s pretty active in the community but this is one event she has been excited about.

"I’ve heard about it every year. Usually I have a swim meet this weekend so I’m not able to attend but I’m really excited to be able to attend this year," said Baker.

It was assembly day for Bikes for Tykes Saturday morning. Every year Rose-Hulman joins forces with Chances and Services for Youth. Their goal is to unload, build and deliver all the bikes to give out this year.

"The work we are doing right now, like I think we've already made ten bikes. So that's like ten kids that we're helping out this morning. In a quick short hour of our time we are able to impact so many people," said Baker.

Brandon Halleck is the Chief Operation Officer for CASY. It’s an event that takes part in every year.

"We are going to be distributing over 430 bikes to children in need in the Wabash Valley today so it's a great event," said Halleck.

This is the 18th year for the program. Every bike is roughly $75 so raising the money is no easy task but its support from these students that keeps this fundraiser strong.

"There’s always so much need in the Wabash Valley and in our community and it's great to see everybody get together and really look after those in need," said Halleck.

Even though the bikes are built CASY is still in need of donations. If you would like to donate to the cause go to their website here.

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