The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is preparing for its annual Christmas Bicycle Giveaway and Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding residents that donations are still being accepted. More than 3,500 bicycles have been distributed to needy children of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle through the program now in its 22nd year. In 2014, over 250 children received bicycles through the program. Donations are accepted year-round, and used bicycles are refurbished and repaired by inmate workers.
“I’ve always felt that a bicycle is that timeless, classic gift that helps create fond memories for years to come,” said Sheriff Webre. “In today’s modern world, many children enjoy electronic devices and video games, but those things do not provide that true sense of freedom like a bicycle. The children who benefit from this program may not have those devices anyway, and so, they cherish their bike even more so than others.”
Sheriff Webre asks that any bicycles donated be either brand new or in need of only minor repairs due to the giveaway taking place around mid-December. Monetary donations are also accepted, and checks should be made payable to the Lafourche Deputies Association with the words “Bike Giveaway” in the memo line. Bicycles and monetary donations may be dropped off at any Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office location through the parish.
“This program is possible thanks to incredibly generous citizens who donate cash, used bikes, or even brand new bikes they purchase specifically for the program,” said Sheriff Webre. “For those of you considering helping a less fortunate family during the holidays, please consider donating to the program. In some cases, this may be the only gift the child will get this Christmas.”
Beginning Tuesday, December 1, anyone who knows of a family in need with a child who would enjoy receiving a bicycle this Christmas can submit the child’s name, age, gender, address, phone number, and other qualifying information. To submit a child’s name for consideration, please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 632-8836. Efforts will be made to fulfill all requests for qualifying families, but due to high demand, requests should be limited to no more than two bicycles per family.