This holiday season, 40 children in the city of Wilmington will receive bicycles from CH2M Hill, a global engineer design, construction and operations consulting services firm.
The company, which has offices in Philadelphia, does regional work for the city of Wilmington, and has hosted the bike giveaway for the past seven years.
Today, Chris Peluso, and other representatives from CH2M Hill, dropped off the bikes at Wilmington’s City/County building. Peluso said the company raises money for the bike drive all year long.
“It’s our most rewarding part of being part of our Philadelphia office,” said Peluso. “We work all year toward it. We have little things like bake sales and different fundraising activities where we raise this money.”
Along with fundraising, the company works with the nonprofit agency, Neighborhood Bike Works, to have the bicycles assembled by urban youth who build skill sets through the program.
Wilmington Mayor James Baker was on hand for the bike drop-off and expressed his gratitude on behalf of the city for the donation.
“CH2M Hill, when they’re asked to do things in the community, they’ve been very good about stepping forward,” said Baker.
Mayor Baker added he hopes the gesture will encourage people to work together to strengthen the city.
“I think it says to people that there’s still a lot of good people out there, there’s a lot of good companies out here, there’s a lot of good people wanting to work together to make things better and there’s a lot of people in need,” said Baker. “I think this addresses all of that.”
The bikes are being delivered to the children today by members of Wilmington’s Public Works Department.