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WEST GOSHEN >> Maggie Dolan aloof couldn’t break away.
The 19-year-old Northeastern University freshman, whose ancestor Brendon, an ardent cyclist, owns Pine Street Carpenters, has been in allegation of the ability table at the company’s anniversary “100 Wheels Project” the aftermost several years.
She wasn’t about to let actuality in Boston and belief for finals get in the way of accessory Thursday night’s event.
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Beginning in 2008, Pine Street Carpenters, a design/build residential, bartering and institutional remodeler in the 900 block of South Bolmar Street, has partnered with bounded amusing account agencies and nonprofit organizations to analyze families clumsy to buy ability for their kids. Pine Street buys and assembles bikes for those accouchement whose Christmas ambition lists accommodate a new two-wheeler.
The groups again administer the bikes to the kids’ parents to abode abreast the Christmas timberline Dec. 25. Pine Street is never articular as the donor.
The aggregation itself is absolutely a ancestors affair: All seven Dolan brothers assignment at Pine Street. The business includes The Kitchen Studio at Pine Street, a kitchen-remodeling showroom.
The “100 Wheels” activity has congenital and donated 640 bikes back its inception. Brendon Dolan, who started Pine Street in 1993, is an ardent cyclist, as is Tom O’Neill, a Pine Street carpenter. At first, they acclimated their contacts in the bounded cycling association to body up the program.
Now, it’s taken on a activity of its own.
“This accident is like a gigantic Santa’s workshop,” said Maggie Dolan, who afraid her ancestors back she showed up Thursday night. “My dad and anybody who participates are all amorous about what they do.”
During the 100 Wheels accident at Pine Street’s West Goshen warehouse, she helped the little ones in appearance cut out board ornaments with a annal saw and acrylic them.
Family dame Marion Eve Dolan consistently participates. Her job was to blanket the new helmets and locks accustomed out with anniversary bike. Most helmets are purchased via a admission from the Kids Injury Prevention Affairs at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington; Pine Street accompany and barter accord the rest.
Employees additionally pitched in to buy the balmy winter scarves they angry assimilate anniversary set of handlebars.
Thursday’s accident drew 125 bodies – advisers and their families, assembly from the 10 groups partnering with Pine Street, assorted Dolan ancestors associates (including 16 of Marion Dolan’s 20 grand-kids) and Pine Street clients.
Wielding ratchets and wrenches and nibbling on pizza and Christmas cookies, they accumulated 103 bikes, alignment from azure and blush “Frozen”-themed two-wheelers to geared bikes for earlier kids.
Pine Street purchased the bikes “at a advantageous discount” from the Toys ‘R Us in West Whiteland, said Mike Dolan, Pine Street business manager.
Each bike additionally underwent a binding assurance analysis afore Brendon and Mike Dolan began distributing them Friday morning.
“The donated bikes are a amazing advice for the women we serve,” said Chelsea Buckley, Home of the Sparrow affairs coordinator for bloom and amusing services. (Home of the Sparrow is one of the 10 agencies through which donated bikes are funneled.)
“Some are clumsy to acquirement ability for their own accouchement due to banking accent and hardship, but with Pine Street’s advice they’re able to accommodate their kids with a admirable allowance Christmas morning.”
Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Accouchement is addition accumulation accepting bikes from 100 Wheels. “This affairs gives kids an befalling to feel like all the added kids in their chic at school; they accept a bike now too! It’s super-important for their self-esteem,” said Amy Descovich, Accompany advance coordinator. “And parents get to watch their kids be aflame about something.”
Other account agencies and nonprofits accepting bikes this year are: Ancestors Casework of Chester County, Saint Agnes Day Room, The Care Center and Chester County Ancestors Academy, all in West Chester; La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Square), Ancestors Casework of Montgomery County and Stewart Middle School, both in Norristown, and Delaware County Accouchement and Youth Services, Upper Darby.
Companies allotment bike, helmet and lock purchases as able-bodied as accouterment volunteers include: Brothers Pizza, Mop-Ups Cleaning Services, Allen Cook’s Barber Shop, Edward Jones, Mar-John Masonry, Harmony Heating, Ronal Festermacher and Trevdan Building Supply.
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