In what has become an unofficial kick-off to summer for some at Thomson Reuters, employees at the Minneapolis-St. Paul campus hosted the seventh annual “Build-a-Bike” event last week.

Teams gathered to assemble 100 bikes, which will be given to Minnesota children, ages 6-12 years old, that don’t have a bike for the summer. Law enforcement will distribute the bikes, along with helmets donated by the American Academy of Neurology, to children in their local communities. Participating agencies included: Eagan, Gaylord, Inver Grove Heights, Maplewood, Minneapolis, New Brighton, St. Paul, Savage, West St. Paul, and Woodbury Police Departments.

“Our employees always have such a good time at this event, but most of all, they enjoy working alongside our great community partners to do something positive for local kids,” said Tim Radaich, Government State & Local Legal Lead with Thomson Reuters. “In fact, this event has been so successful, we have ‘taken the show on the road’ and will have another Thomson Reuters Build-a-Bike event in Washington, D.C. in early June.”

That event will be held June 6 at the D.C. Armory and again will have Thomson Reuters employees and law enforcement agencies from across the Washington metropolitan area working side-by-side to build bikes for children in that area.

To date, Thomson Reuters employees at the Minneapolis-St. Paul campus have assembled more than 700 bikes for children in-need since the program began in 2012. The Build-a-Bike program is part of Thomson Reuters ongoing community giving and employee volunteer program, which enables employees to take paid time-off each year to volunteer in the community.