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Clinton area children get bicycles, thanks to Stratus

CLINTON - Oct 20 will be a very special day for 50 children from the greater Clinton area as they receive their own bikes courtesy of the employees and management of Stratus Technologies, headquartered in Maynard.

The children were chosen from clients of WHEAT Community Connections, a direct service program of the United Way of Tri-County. North County Regional Director Jodi Breidel said that “many of these children have been on our request list needing bikes for over 10 months and the generosity of Stratus and its employees will make a dream come true for these children ages 5 to 12.”

Employees of Stratus will assemble and add accessories to each bike and will actually be able to present them to the recipient children on Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at WHEAT’s offices on High Street in Clinton. Age appropriate helmets will also accompany each bike.

“Stratus has been a longtime supporter of the United Way from its founding when it was located in Marlboro,” said Paul Mina, president and CEO of the United Way. “Since then, many changes have occurred, but the concern for the community and the generosity of the employees of Stratus has remained constant under the leadership of Stratus President Dave Laurello.”

“It’s our pleasure to be able to have this opportunity to make sure that these 50 children can experience the joy that goes along with having your own bike” Laurello said. “Every kid needs a bike and we are excited about seeing the kids faces when they receive their own bike and grateful to our partners at WHEAT Community Connections and the United Way for helping us with this project.”