Brunswick Nuclear Plant bike drive provides bikes to local kids

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

For the 12th year, Brunswick Nuclear Plant employees have come together to give back to the community for the holidays through bicycle donations.

Since its inception, the program has provided more than 1,200 children with bicycles and helmets. The annual bike drive gives employees at the nuclear plant the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child through donating money and time, and this year’s participation rate has been record-breaking.

Employees donated more than $13,000 to the bike drive, which went toward purchasing bikes and helmets and distributing them to 28 participating area schools.

“Employees really enjoy becoming involved with the community in such a hands-on way,” said Ali Sanders, company spokesperson. “They can actually see the difference they make in the lives of children directly.”

Brunswick Nuclear has partnered with Brunswick County Pedalers, a local bike club, and the Southport Lions Foundation this year, which provided 140 helmets for the cause.

The Brunswick Bike Drive began in 1997, when two employees came together with an idea to provide gifts that would promote health and wellbeing to local children during the holiday season.

As word spread among employees, participation grew, and over the years it has become an annual tradition at the nuclear plant. In these tough economic times, Brunswick employees have given back more than expected, surpassing the 2008 goal.

“I think it is representative of Brunswick employees’ desire to provide even more during difficult times.” Sanders said.

For more information about Progress Energy, visit the company’s Web site at www.progress-energy.com.