Pine Street Carpenter Eric DeProspero and his family assemble a bicycle at the bike-build.
Pine Street Carpenters Tom O’Neill assembles a bike.
Volunteers at Pine Street Carpenters’ 6th Annual “100 Wheels Project.”
What started with 50 bikes has grown to 437 bicycles to date. Since 2008, Pine Street Carpenters and The Kitchen Studio at Pine Street, West Chester, Pa., have purchased and assembled bicycles for underprivileged children in time for Christmas morning. The company hosted its sixth annual “The 100 Wheels Project” in December 2013.
Pine Street launched its initiative in 2008, when the economy was hurting and donations to holiday toy drives were down. Fifty unassembled bicycles (hence, “100 Wheels”) were put together by company employees, friends and families during a bike-building party. Pine Street Carpenters and The Kitchen Studio have turned the initiative into an annual event, going on its seventh year.
The company purchases unassembled bicycles, which are much less expensive than assembled bikes, so a greater number of bikes can be provided to children of the community. After the bike-building party held each December by Pine Street, partnerships with local social service agencies and non-profits identify specific children in need within the community and distribute the bikes. The sixth annual “100 Wheels Project” partnered with Family Services of Chester County, Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, The Care Center for Christ, La Comunidad Hispana, and Family Services of Montgomery County. Employees and friends of Pine Street Carpenters also donate helmets and bike locks to accompany the bikes.
While the initiative did receive support from other local businesses, like Bike Line and Mauger and Company for the sixth annual event, Pine Street employees, friends and family form the basis for the event’s volunteers. “Thanks to our staff, customers, partners and friends, these bicycles will make it to children just in time for the holidays,” said Brendon Dolan, owner of Pine Street Carpenters and The Kitchen Studio at Pine Street. ““The 100 Wheels Project” is a great way for us to do some good and home some fun in the process.”
More information on “The 100 Wheels Project” can be found on the website: www.bikebuild.org. The website includes event details, ways the community can support the project, videos from past bike-builds and more.