SOUTHEASTERN NC (WECT) - The bicycles are still being counted, but a record number of Wilmington-area children will be getting new bikes this Christmas thanks to WECT’s Weller’s Wheels drive.
Around a thousand bicycles are estimated to be donated this Christmas season and many of them were set up Monday in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Center at the old Harris Teeter in Ogden Plaza.
Spearheaded by WECT's Frances Weller, the Weller's Wheels drive depends on community members to purchase bicycles for needy children. Families apply for the bikes and the Salvation Army distributes them to parents who then give the bikes to the kids on Christmas Day.
Major Mark Craddock with the Salavation Army in Wilmington said he expects every child in the area who asked for bike to get one this Christmas.
During the annual Weller's Wheels drive on Friday, the bicycle racks at the Monkey Junction Walmart were cleared.
Craddock said the bikes are inspected for safety before they’re given to the parents.