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Thursday 10/28/2021 4:30 PM - Christmas Bicycle Donations

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Christmas Bicycle Donations
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Details of News Release: Our Season of Giving is 32 years old and still going strong. Since 1989, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has been giving away bicycles during the holiday season. And in that spirit of giving, we are currently seeking donations for the Christmas Bicycle Giveaway. This program was created to promote the holiday spirit by giving away refurbished bicycles and new helmets to children in need in San Luis Obispo County. Due to the generosity of the people of this County, the program has continued to be a big success. The Sheriff’s Office Honor Farm is the assembly point for bicycles that are donated and in need of repair. Inmates who are housed at the Honor Farm make the repairs. The program instills in the inmates a positive work ethic, self-respect, and a sense of worth to the community. IMPORTANT: Due to COVID safety protocols, this year we will schedule bicycle pick-up times for those with approved applications during the week of December 6th – 10th at the Sheriff's Honor Farm, 880 Oklahoma Avenue, San Luis Obispo. For the health and safety of the public and staff we are asking everyone to please observe COVID precautions when picking up a bicycle. The Sheriff's Office kindly asks everyone to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing during their scheduled pick-up day and time. If you would like to request a bike, please request an application from the e-mail address listed below or go to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website, slosheriff.org. Again, as a result of the pandemic, new bicycles, replacement parts and accessories are in short supply this year. We are seeking the public's help by asking for new bicycles, new helmets, or monetary donations for replacement parts. PLEASE NOTE: we will be accepting adult bicycles, but we prefer children’s bicycles since they are in high demand. If you know a child (up to 15 years of age) in need of a bicycle, please e-mail: [email protected] to request a Christmas Bicycle Application or visit slosheriff.org and click on Resources at the top of our homepage and then Forms and Applications on the drop down menu. All applications are due by: November 24th, 2021. Individuals and businesses who wish to donate new children’s bicycle helmets in their original packaging can bring the helmet to any of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol stations or to the Sheriff’s Honor Farm located on Highway 1. If you would like to make a monetary contribution for the purchase of parts or helmets, please send a check to: Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation Attn: Bicycle Fund P.O. Box 3752 San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 The Sheriff's Office could not continue this program without the help and generosity of groups like Rita's Rainbows which donates money to buy bicycle helmets, Bike SLO County which donates many hours to helping inmates refurbish the bicycles, The Sandlot Group of San Luis Obispo for donating new bikes, and the Sheriff's Advisory Foundation which donates time and money to the cause.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Thursday 10/28/2021 4:30 PM