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GSF and local veterans build bikes for kids

Golden State Foods associate Bobby Massey, left, assists local Cub Scout Jerry Williams, right, with his newly assembled bicycle on Build-A-Bike Day at the GSF facility. GSF held the event on National Armed Forces Day in association with the Wounded Warriors Project and Scout troops to build bikes for kids of wounded veterans, as well as Scouts. (Special photo)

Golden State Foods associate Bobby Massey, left, assists local Cub Scout Jerry Williams, right, with his newly assembled bicycle on Build-A-Bike Day at the GSF facility. GSF held the event on National Armed Forces Day in association with the Wounded Warriors Project and Scout troops to build bikes for kids of wounded veterans, as well as Scouts. (Special photo)

CONYERS — Honoring veterans and their children, and engaging local Boy Scout troops, the Conyers branch of Golden State Foods held an event to build bicycles for children.

For the second year running, the Build-A-Bike Day was held on a national level, and the hope is that it can continue in the following years.

“This was the first year it was all together nationwide, and we’re looking to bring it back next year,” said Anna Beyder, account executive of the public relations firm Porter Novelli.

Held on May 17, National Armed Forces Day, the event was aimed at recognizing the men and women of the U.S. military who have defended the country throughout the years.

Thirty-five Golden State Foods employees, along with 10 volunteers, teamed up to build a total of 41 bikes for children with parents in the Wounded Warriors Project, as well as local Scouts. Children had the chance to build bikes with a parent volunteer or GSF employee.

According to Wounded Warriors Project’s website, the organization’s goal is raise awareness for the needs of injured service members, help injured service members aid and assist each other and and provide unique programs as well as services to meet the needs of injured service members

“It’s a great event, and it’s something we look forward to every year,” said GSF employee Kim Parris. “It’s a great way for us to give back to the community.”

After constructing the bikes at the GSF building on Old Covington Road, kids enjoyed riding their newly assembled cycles around the facility’s grassy pavilion area.

Parris added that one local veteran, who was severely wounded from being shot in the head while serving in Afghanistan, attended the event to build a bike with his daughter, leaving his house for the first time in over a year.