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The Smith Brothers

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:21 PM EDT
School is out and summer fun is ahead for a lot of young people, but for two brothers from Asheville, it's not all play and no work.

Our Person's of the Week are traveling a long road and along the way

They're stopping with a group of their friends to build hope for families in need.

For a group of 18 to 25 year olds, rolling into town may be the toughest part.

"It's not nearly as intense as biking everyday.  Pounding your muscles and your knees."

TC Roberson grad Ryan Smith is one of the leaders, riding for a non-profit called Bike and Build. 

Little brother Andrew is part of the pack.

"It's like a service.  A way to give back."

They're biking all the way from Nags Head to San Diego, that's 3600 miles...with some stops along the way.

"We have 14 builds planned all across the country"

Pat Hunt, Mountain Housing Opportunities, "it's really unbelievable that young people have that kind of drive and foresight to reach out and help.

Ryan Smith, "Person of the Week", "I think it's really neat that 30 strangers can come together and just have the same intentions and desires in mind."

And choosing to spend their summer on something more than a vacation.

"It's fun to build stuff.  Knowing that its for a good cause is even better."

John Meadows, Habitat for Humanity supervisor, "it just says a lot today about young people stepping up to the plate and helping volunteer in many capacities."

Staying in churches and homes on their journey saves money, but there's not a whole lot of time for rest.

"We work well together and I'm really glad we get to do this trip together."

It's a summer they'll always remember, "it brings a lot of interesting people together"

Making friends they'll never forget, helping people they'll never meet.

But as they leave, moving on to the next town, there are a few things they take with them. 

"It's what I wanted to do all summer."

The fun, the fellowship , and the spirit of charity will be along for the ride.
       
Over the past ten years more than 1700 young adults have pedaled their way across America with Bike and Build and put in more than 120,000 hours of work on affordable housing.

Click here to learn more about the Bike & Build program. The Smith Brothers


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