Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
Employees of defense firm give bicycles to children of service members
The San Diego offices of international defense contractor BAE Systems announced over the weekend that employee contributions over the last year have raised enough money to purchase 670 bicycles and helmets that will be presented to families of local Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. members in a joint ceremony with the United Service Organizations and the Wounded Warrior Project tomorrow.
“Our employees work closely with the military every day, and many of them have also served our country,” said Jordan Becker, a BAE vice president and general manager, in a release.
The company partnered with bicycle manufacturer Huffy and helmet maker Bell to arrange for bulk purchases at a discount. Since the company started its annual holiday bike drive in 1995, it says over 8,500 bicycles have been delivered to the families of local service members.