Pictured left to right are deputies Glen LeRay, Cody Naquin and Gene Richard delivering bicycles during last yearâ€™s Annual Bike Giveaway.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing to accept donations and the names of children who may qualify for their Annual Christmas Bike Giveaway.
This year marks the 20th year of the program, through which more than 3,000 bicycles have been distributed over the years.
"Owning a bicycle is somewhat of a 'right of passage' for a child," said Sheriff Craig Webre. "All of us who were fortunate to have a bike as a child have many fond memories, especially if you received one during the holidays. The goal of this program is to bring that same joy to those who might otherwise not receive a bicycle for Christmas."
The program began in 1994 and has expanded to include the Grand Isle community as well.
In 2012, deputies delivered 269 bicycles to children in need, and they are preparing for this year's delivery.
Trustees (inmate workers) are continuing their work to refurbish used bikes which have been donated for the program. Many of the previously owned bikes received for donation require cleaning and minor repairs. Once the bikes have been polished and shined, they remain housed at the South Lafourche Sub-Station until Santa Claus makes his annual early visit to Bayou Lafourche on the week before Christmas.
"We are fortunate to live in a such a generous community," added Sheriff Webre. "Our deputies look forward to this program each year, to see the smiles on the children's faces, but this giveaway has become such a huge success thanks to the generous donations of bicycles and funding from the people of our community."
Anyone who knows of a child in need is asked to call Captain Dean Savoie at (985) 632-5843. Callers will need to provide the child's name, age, sex, address and phone number and other qualifying information.
Due to an already high demand this year, we ask that each family's request be limited to one or two bicycles.
There is still time to donate bicycles by dropping them off at any Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office location. Due to delivery being less than a month away, the Sheriff’s Office is kindly asking that bicycles being donated be either new or in need of only minor repairs so that they can be ready in time for delivery.
Monetary donations are also being accepted and are used to purchase new bikes for the giveaway. Checks should be made payable to the Lafourche Deputies Association with the words "Bike Giveaway" in the memo line.
Posted on Fri, November 29, 2013