Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding citizens that donations are being accepted for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office annual Christmas bicycle giveaway. Donations are accepted year-round, but Sheriff Webre asks that any bicycles donated at this time be either brand new or in need of only minor repairs due to the giveaway taking place in December. More than 3,800 bicycles have been distributed to needy children of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle through the program which is now in its 23rd year. In 2015 alone, deputies delivered 280 bicycles.
“This past year has been tough for many area families, and we want to help ensure a gift for children who might otherwise not receive one,” said Sheriff Webre. “Likewise, for that reason, there are plenty of families looking to help their fellow citizens, and this program provides that opportunity. This giveaway is only possibly thanks to the generosity of our own citizens, and we thank you on behalf of all the families that have benefited and will benefit from your selflessness.”
In addition to new and gently-used bicycles, monetary donations are also being accepted, and checks should be made payable to the Lafourche Deputies Association with the words “Bicycle Giveaway” in the memo line. Bicycles and monetary donations may be dropped off at any Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office location throughout the parish.
Beginning Thursday, 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 by calling (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.