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Deputies deliver 200 bikes to local kids

Deputies deliver 200 bikes to local kids

Over 200 children in Lafourche Parish will celebrate the Christmas season with a new bicycle.

Deputies with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office traveled up and down the bayou Thursday, playing Papa Noel for the 25th annual bike giveaway.

Spearheaded by Maj. Dean Savoie, the department works throughout the year to collect new or gently used bikes for children.

This year, 202 children will receive bikes, Savoie said.

“Every child that wants a bike should have a bike,” he said.

Most children were still in school as deputies drove around, checking their list twice.

But when a child is home to get his or her bike, that’s the greatest sight, Sgt. Kevin Johnson said.

While technology changes from year to year or week to week, “a bike is the one thing that’s timeless,” Lt. Brennan Matherne said.

The Sheriff’s Office collects bike donations from residents with help from local companies.

To qualify, children of any age must be a resident of Lafourche and meet family income requirements. They can receive another bike after three years, often growing out of the first, Savoie said.

Every year, this is one of the best weeks for the Sheriff’s Office, like Mardi Gras, Halloween or the Night out Against Crime, Matherne said, because the giveaway allows for a positive interaction between kids and the deputies.

“Most kids only see the cops when something bad happens,” Savoie said.

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.