• Delco Times

    Cop Shop:

    Chester Twp. police helping to make Christmas wheel special

    Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010

    By Rose Quinn and Cindy Scharr, Of the Times Staff

    Through the nonprofit organization Santa’s Wheels, Chester Township police will be delivering bikes to children without one. Group founder Peg Trill of Ridley Park wants every child to know the feeling of receiving a brand new bike of their own from Santa Claus, and finding it under the tree Christmas morning. “I can almost feel their excitement,” Peg told colleague Tim Logue for a story published last Dec. 26 about the organization, which is now in its fourth year. “Every year, I think of all these little ones screaming, ‘I’ve got a bike! I’ve got a bike!’” she said. Trill and her brother, Mike, came up with the idea to start the giveaway for children in need. Officer Laura Dixon is leading the police department’s effort to help carry out Trill’s mission. Dixon and other officers are still looking for last-minute donations — either monetary or a bike. The only rule is that no bike is to be delivered or picked up until Christmas Eve — to ensure the Christmas morning surprise.

  • Delco Times

    Santa's Wheels brightens up Christmas for needy

    Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009

    Peg Trill does not need to see the faces of the children her non-profit donates bikes to each Christmas. “I can almost feel their excitement,” said the Ridley Park resident and founder and president of Santa’s Wheels. “Every year, I think of all these little ones screaming, ‘I’ve got a bike! I’ve got a bike!’ “It’s the greatest feeling in the world.” This is the third year Santa’s Wheels has given bikes to children in need. “The first year, it was three bikes that I purchased. Last year it was 10 and this year it’s 30-plus,” said Trill, who daylights as an insurance agent in Media. Trill and her brother, Mike Jennings, came up with the idea after she was finding it more and more difficult to find charities that delivered toys that kids would see for the first time on Christmas morning. “Not many people donate bikes because they are expensive and cumbersome,” she said. “I found that a lot of charities that were giving them out ahead of time at their annual Christmas party. I was talking to my brother about it one day and he said, ‘Why don’t you start your own?’” Through word of mouth and a lot of persistence, Trill found donors willing to purchase bikes for children they will never meet.