The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office recently held its annual Christmas Bicycle Giveaway event at the Sheriff’s Office Honor Farm.
Two hundred new, donated and refurbished bicycles were given to local children in need. In all, 167 children between the ages of 1 and 16 received bicycles.
Since 1989, Sheriff’s Honor Farm inmates have refurbished bikes donated by the community to give to local children. The program instills in the inmates a positive work ethic, self-respect and a sense of worth to the community.
The Sheriff’s Office partnered with the nonprofit Rita’s Rainbows to donate a helmet with each bike.
Other supporters included the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation and local businesses that sold bicycle replacement parts at cost or donated returned bicycles that need only a small amount of repair.
Members of the Cypress Ridge Women’s Club and the Trilogy Service Club of Nipomo jointly presented a donation for $15,363 to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation Women’s Cancer Fund.
Proceeds are from the two clubs’ annual fundraiser, Pink Bows Up for Hope, held in October in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Proceeds help local women obtain mammograms and cancer treatment.
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