LPSO Gearing Up for 21st Annual Christmas Bike Giveaway

Lt. Lafate Day (left), Deputy Brett Hymel (right) and Reserve Deputy Maia Basas distribute bicycles in December 2013. 
Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding residents that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to accept donations and names of children who may qualify for the annual Christmas Bike Giveaway. Deputies are gearing up for the delivery of the bicycles which is slated for mid-December. This marks the 21st year of the program. More than 3,300 bicycles have been distributed to needy children of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle over the past 20 years, including 200 last year alone.
“Despite the new technology in recent years, a bicycle is one of those timeless gifts that continue to appear on children’s wish lists,” said Sheriff Webre. “A bike gives a child a sense of freedom, and it’s often passed down to a younger sibling after a while. It is an absolute privilege for us to provide such a blessing for families in need, helping to brighten their holidays.”
New or used bicycles can be dropped off at any Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office location through the parish. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Checks should be made payable to the Lafourche Deputies Association with the words “Bike Giveaway” in the memo line.
Sheriff Webre is asking that the donated bicycles be new or in need of only minor repairs due to the giveaway taking place next month.  He said trustees have been refurbishing used bicycles donated for the program.
“This program is possible thanks to our incredibly generous community,” said Sheriff Webre. “Each year, our hearts are touched by the donations we receive. Not only do we get used bicycles, but our selfless citizens also donate money to purchase new bicycles, or donate new bicycles they have purchased specifically us to give away.”
For more information, or to submit the name of a child in need, citizens can contact Captain Dean Savoie at (985) 632-5843. Those submitting the name of a child must provide the child’s name, age, gender, address, phone number, and other qualifying information. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will make every effort to fulfill all requests for qualifying families, but due to high demand, we ask that each family limit their request to one to two bicycles. 
LPSO Gearing Up for 21st Annual Christmas Bike Giveaway