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‘Secret Santa’ Delivers Six Bikes to Area Children

Ziegenfelder mascot Cherry Larry helps Wheelcraft owner Andrew Sheets, left, and Ziegenfelder President Barry Allen pick the winners of six bikes during a giveaway at the bicycle shop in Wheeling.

Everyone can remember their first bike as a child and the freedom it brought.

With that in mind, a “Secret Santa” with the help of Ziegenfelder Co. and Wheelcraft, gave away six children’s bicycles Friday just in time for Christmas.

“It’s the world,” Wheelcraft owner Andrew Sheets said of a child’s first bike. “You’re no longer tethered. You can go faster than the wind.”

Sheets, along with Ziegenfelder President Barry Allen and the twin-pop mascot Cherry Larry, picked names from six bins placed next to children’s bikes in the bicycle shop.

Contestants who visited the bike store at 2187 National Road in Wheeling between Nov. 4 and Friday could drop their names and contact information in for a chance to win a free bike, helmet and tune-up after 60 days.

Sheets planned to contact the winners Friday afternoon and be available for pickup during normal business hours.

The winning picks were live-streamed on the internet, and one of the winner’s mothers saw it and immediately called the bike shop to claim the prize.

Allen said this giveaway was particularly special because the bikes are new.

He said he couldn’t wait to learn about their reactions of winning them. He marveled at the various bright colors on the bikes and the new smell of the tires.

“For a kid, it’s not just a (video) game,” Allen said. “This takes them outside. It’s brand new.”

Next year, Allen said they would like to hold a “12 Bikes of Christmas” giveaway.

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