Volunteers assemble 100 bikes for needy children

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (WPVI) -- Dozens of people came together in West Chester to assemble 100 bikes for children in need.

One night, one hundred bikes - it's a deadline rivaling one in Santa's workshop but this one is in Pine Street Carpenter's warehouse.

"We got a hundred bikes here, we gathered with friends and family and staff and colleagues," said Mike Dolan, Pine Street Carpenters.

This is the seventh year the company assembled bikes for children in need.

To date they've given away 400 assembled bikes.

This year is their biggest endeavor. Matt, Bryan and Monica Dolan have lost count over how many they've built.

The TLC that the Dolans put into each bike is important.

"Every child has a memory of their first bike and it's a special memory and to be able to be a part of that is a source of pride," said Dolan.

Melissa Huff's K-8 students from St. Andrews's School of Drexel Hill are also assembling. They are also raising $1,000 to put towards buying the bikes by doing good deeds in the community.

"It had to be a selfless act to really understand that they were giving without receiving anything. They would bring in the money, we collected it," said Huff.

The most important part of the bike event is the delivery and that's taken care of too.

"They all stay local. We work with social service agencies in Chester and Montgomery counties and they identify children in need. Each bike we purchase is for a specific child," said Dolan. null
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