WESTCHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Sometimes families can’t afford to give their child a bike for the holidays. That’s where the 100 Wheels Project in West Chester comes in.
“In 2008, when the economy was slumping and toy car donations were pretty low, we decided every kid deserved a bike,” said Mike Dolan. “So, let’s fill this need.”
Dolan is Marketing Manager for Pine Street Carpenters, a West Chester company now in their 15th year running the 100 Wheels Project.
During the annual event, volunteers of all ages build bikes in a workshop environment that would make Santa’s elves proud. They are sent to several community organizations that connect with families in need.
One such organization is Home of the Sparrow, a Chester County nonprofit focused on preventing and ending female child homelessness.
“When you’re on a low income and you have to spend every penny on these basic necessities, you know a bike isn’t an option,” said Kathleen Sanger, director of development at Home of the Sparrow. “But you know you want to give your child a bike.”
Home of the Sparrow receives approximately 14 bikes and then gives them away to parents who are part of their program. The volunteer work that took place today makes this Christmas present possible.
“It’s so nice to see that they’re feeling so much joy today even though they’re not on the receiving end,” Sanger said. “Just knowing how much it will mean to kids when they open the bikes.”
David Murray came with his family from King of Prussia to build bike after bike. He enjoyed teaching his sons Benjamin and Joshua more than just using tools.
“It’s important for the little boys to start getting a good understanding of how to give back to the community,” Murray said. “And that it’s not just about them and it’s not just about what’s going on in our world.”
To learn more about the 100 Wheels Project and how you can get involved in the future, visit the website.
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