Local builders association drops off a load of Christmas bikes

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Members of the Heart of Texas Builders Association dropped off a huge donation to the annual Toys for Tots drive Wednesday morning.

Members of the Heart of Texas Builders Association rolled 95 bicycles into the KWTX studio, many of which the group purchased and members assembled. (Staff photo)

The association includes area builders and related businesses, ranging from financial institutions to craftsmen and plumbing contractors.

Just before lunch, members rolled 95 bicycles into the KWTX studio, many of which the group purchased and members assembled.

“We want to thank all of our members from the Heart of Texas Builders Association for helping us get all the bikes together and collect all the funds to give these bikes to kids that will put a smile on their face for Christmas,” said Jason Peavy, an officer with the association.

KWTX, the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps have worked together since 1991 to put gifts under the tree for children who might not otherwise receive presents.

The builders association, established more than 50 years ago, has been donating bikes to the cause for the last 26 years.

Rusty Garrett serves as chairman and says without groups like the Heart of Texas Builders Association many kids in the area wouldn’t have such a great surprise under the tree Christmas morning.

“The generous donation of new bicycles each year from the Heart of Texas Builders Association provides joy at Christmas for many Central Texas youngsters and KWTX is so thankful for their faithful support of Toys for Tots,” Garrett said.

(Toys for Tots drop-off sites)

Friday night drop-off locations

Rusty Garrett on Friday, December 6th at the Walmart in Temple on 31st Street from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, December 13th, is the final drive-thru date. KWTX and the US Marines will be at the following locations:

Rusty Garrett at the KWTX Studios at 6700 American Plaza from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Elliot Wilson at the Walmart at 3404 W. Stan Schlueter in Killeen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brady Taylor at the Walmart on West Adams in Temple from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.