WEAR PENSACOLA, Fla. — More than 350 volunteers turned out for the 7th annual OnBikes Pensacola bicycle build Sunday.
Build teams made up of local businesses, organizations and individuals assembled 500 bikes of all sizes at the Bay Center.
The bikes built will be given to underprivileged children at Christmas.
Many will go to the Communities Caring at Christmas program.
The Prince Hall Shriners Temple 182 is just one of the groups that gave their time.
"This is our third year doing this with the organization. And giving back to the community is what we are truly all about," Ronnie Cole, Prince Hall Shriners Temple 182 member, said. "We know that these bikes are going to go to needy children during the Christmas season. What better way to reach out and touch someone that we will probably never see or be introduced to — but we know we are making a difference."
"Most people can remember their first bicycle and for almost all of these kids this will be their first bicycle they’ve ever had," OnBikes President Walker Wilson said. "And for some of our teenagers we work with, this will be their way to and from school — to and from work — so we are just happy we can do what we can to make sure 500 kids in this community are going to have a brand new bike."Sunday’s build marked a new milestone for OnBikes Pensacola.35,000 bikes built since the non-profit organization started in 2016.
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