One Hundred Bikes and Christmas Packages Were Delivered by Deputies to Area Families
Sheriff Coats, the Bechtels and rows of Christmas bikes
Kevin and Debbie Bechtel of Life Brokerage Partners of Oldsmar and their employees assembled and donated 100 bicycles and helmets to the Pinellas Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project. These bicycles were delivered on Tuesday, December 18th, and deputies delivered the bikes and other Christmas packages to deserving families as part of the Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project.
The Sheriff's Community Policing Unit packed their cruisers with bikes and other presents to deliver to families at the High Point Family Center.
These deliveries represent nearly 800 children and 300 families across Pinellas County that received assistance through the Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project this holiday season. Additional deliveries of this kind were made throughout the week.
The clothing and toys were purchased on Thursday, December 6, 2007, when dozens of deputies spent the proceeds from this year's "Ride & Run With The Stars" event which took place on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at Fort Desoto Park.
The 100 bicycles and helmets were donated by Kevin and Debbie Bechtel and their children Jake and Baylie. The Bechtels, of Life Brokerage Partners, in Oldsmar generously donated their time to assemble, and put bows on the bikes. The Bechtels delivered the bikes to the Sheriff's Administration Building shortly before deputies loaded their cruisers
Each family receiving assistance through the Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project was identified and nominated for holiday assistance by Sheriff's Office members who have met them during their daily work in the community.
Sheriff's Office members started the Christmas Sharing Project in 1993 to benefit needy families, children and victims of crime. Now in its 15th year, it has become the largest law enforcement initiated Christmas charity event in the Bay Area. The project has assisted thousands of families over the years.
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