Employees at Hudson Garbage Service purchase and build 35 new bicyles for children in need in Columbia County

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KAREN CATLOW AND KARINA KEELY-EVEY - Kasey Guillory helps Grace Crawford, the daughter of a Hudson Garbage Service driver, assemble the handlebars of a new bicycle on Friday, Dec. 15. Many Hudson Garbage Service employees worked together to put together 35 bicycles that will be given to children in need this holiday season. Mechanics Allen Sanders and Larry Wanner work together to install a bike chain on a nearly completed bicycle. A variety of bikes were assembled, all ranging in size and color for specific ages and genders. Employees at Hudson Garbage Service took part in the second annual Christmas Promise Bike Build on Friday, Dec. 15, where staff and their family members helped assemble 35 bicycles that will be given to foster children and those in need in Columbia County.

Employees at Hudson spent months fundraising to help pay for the bicycles which were requested by the Columbia County chapter of Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. for children in need.

Waste Connections, the parent company of Hudson Garbage, matched the employees' donations so the staff could purchase the new bikes. Twenty-seven of the bikes were taken directly to GOBHI on Wednesday morning.

Dozens of bicycles were dropped off at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc.s St. Helens office Wednesday morning, Dec. 20. The bikes will be donated to children in need throughout the area.Ernie Martin, manager at Hudson Garbage, is working with other community agencies to find homes for the remaining eight bikes.

Last Friday, the staff spent time assembling the bicycles in the conference room at Motel 6, the former Village Inn, in St. Helens, alongside several GOBHI members, and family members of Hudson Garbage Service employees.

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