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Butte County Sheriff's Office gives 100 bikes to needy children

Published On: Dec 23 2013 08:55:18 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Dozens of children got an early Christmas present this year as the Butte County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the Salvation Army to give away nearly 100 bikes for their 14th annual Christmas Bike Giveaway.

The Sheriff's Office does this event every year and there was a great turnout Monday morning. The first family in line waited for nearly three hours to get a bike.

Volunteers from the Sheriff's Office and the Salvation Army collected used bikes and lined them up for the children to pick from.
Some of the bikes donated were fixed up by the volunteers.  The doors opened up at 11 a.m.  Each child also got a helmet to wear to promote bike safety.

"This is awesome," said Brandon Payne who waited three hours in line.  "My daughter has needed a bike for a long time and this is a blessing from God."
"We work with our local community based organizations to identify families in need," said Undersheriff Kory Honea of Butte County. "The children are selected and sent a letter.  They are allowed to come in and select a bicycle of their choice."

The sheriff's office made sure they had extra bikes to give every child the chance to pick.  The children also got some free hot chocolate and a cookie.