Cyclists stop in Struthers to lend a hand

Cross-country bicyclists were in Struthers onThursday, beginning the rebuilding process of a home with Habitat for Humanity.

The cyclists are from all around the country and are a part of Bike and Build, which is a non-profit organization that bikes across the country, stopping in towns to help build homes for people. On Thursday, the group was doing yard work, tearing paint off the walls and building cabinets for the new home at 352 Woodbine Ave. in Struthers.

One of the leaders of the group said that building for those in need is very rewarding.

“I have always wanted to do something epic like bike across the United States, but to be able to do it for a bigger reason than just for myself. We are giving back. We are spreading the word about affordable housing. People do not know that it is a real issue in the United States and we are able to enlighten people,” said Emily Wells of Bike and Build.

The movement started in 2002 with one trip. Since then, they have added a trip each year.


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