WUSA makes bikes for kids on Make a Difference Day

Today was make a difference day.

More than 200 volunteers and employees filled the WUSA9 studios for Make a Difference Day Saturday morning in the District.

Volunteers built 120 bikes, 120 teddy bears and 30 blankets for children at the Boys and Girls Club in Dumfries, Va.

 

"Some people just need help. Someone has to take a stand and do something about it," said a kid volunteer.

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It was a mammoth undertaking with boxes, supplies and equipment filling an entire conference room in the building.

David Lougee, President of Tegna Media, felt the project was well organized.

"If you look around, you'll see a lot of families here and kids and its really well organized and it’s a great experience for all of our employees," he said.

Volunteers worked in groups, building bonds as they built gifts for the kids.

"I am making progress thanks to Aubrey's help. I got the pedals on," said WUSA 9 Anchor Andrea Roane as she was building a bike.

At least 25 children got the chance to pick out a bike, bear or blanket immediately after the project.

After several hours of hard work, volunteers opened large double doors and watched a stream of kids rush the room and choose a bicycle.

"I like the balloons and it’s blue. That's why I picked this bike."

All of the children were grateful, hugging volunteers and screaming 'thank you' loudly.
 


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