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Credit union teams put bikes together, then give them away in their own communities

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER -  The staff at Mid Oregon Credit Union in Madras assembled the bicycles, which were presented to students Adrian Hernandez, on left, 11, from Madras Elementary, and Brayden Greenhalgh, 7, from Buff Elementary.
Two Madras kids were the lucky recipients of free bicycles last Thursday, as part of staff "Wheels for the World" program by Mid Oregon Credit Union.

The new bikes, helmets and bike locks were awarded to Adrian Hernendez, 11, who attends Madras Elementary, and Brayden Greenhalgh, 7, a student at Buff Elementary.

According to Tammy Gregory, Madras branch manager, her staff actually constructed the bicycles during a training day in Bend for the staffs of all the area Mid Oregon Credit Unions.

At the training, she said, "We worked on a timed task, in exchange for a part of a bike. At the end, each team had built two bikes."

With all the teams, that meant 16 bicycles were built and given away to a children's Bend organization at the end of the day.

"Also, each branch was given two bikes to give away in their communities," Gregory said, noting her branch chose to give to two kids from the Mountain Star Relief Nursery.

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