SAN LUIS OBISPO — It's the season of caring and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Bike Program is currently seeking donations for the Christmas Bike Giveaway which will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Sheriff’s Honor Farm.
This program was set up 29 years ago 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 are having an early kick-off to the event on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market. If you would like to request a bike from this event or the Dec. 19 giveaway, please request an application from the email address listed below or go to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website.
Currently, 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.
Individuals and businesses who wish to donate children’s bicycle helmets can bring helmets 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, and the Sheriff's Advisory Foundation which donates time and money to the cause.
The Sheriff’s Office is no longer taking adult bicycles and will only be accepting children’s bicycles. If you know a child (up to 15 years of age) in need of a bicycle, please e-mail Sergeant Matt Andrews at [email protected] to request a Christmas Bicycle Application or visit slosheriff.org. All applications are due by Nov. 30.