Houston’s hospitality industry pitches in to build bicycles for kids

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HOUSTON, Texas - More than 200 hotel and restaurant industry employees are in the fast lane to build bikes for children being aided by Child Advocates.

It's the 15th Annual Bike Building Races at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

"We are here to build bikes and really enjoy this event and hope that the kids really enjoy having fun with these bicycles because they really deserve it.  They are some really great kids and definitely in need and we are glad we could help out," says Debra Tubig of Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Twenty-seven teams of eight employees raced against the clock and each other, to build the bikes from boxes of bicycle parts.

Hotel employee, Mark Clinton says, "funny enough, the last time I built a bike was about two weeks ago for my own children, so I knew exactly how to do it and what to do.  It was pretty easy."

More than 50 lucky kids watching the event will receive new bikes.  Don't forget the helmets to keep safety on the right track.

Helen Blsall, manager of the Double Tree by Hilton at Houston Hobby Airport and chairperson of Houston Hotel & Lodging Association stated, "some of these children have kind of been lost in the system.  They're a result of child abuse; there are a lot of child abuse cases.  They otherwise wouldn't have a bicycle for Christmas, but we feel very privileged to be able to do this for them."

Thanks to the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston, and all the sponsors who pitched in to give these kids a ride they'll probably never forget.