Donations sought for annual Christmas bicycle giveaway
Sheriff’s office’s bicycle giveaway program in its 32nd year
– 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, they are currently seeking donations for the annual 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.
Due to COVID safety protocols, this year they will schedule bicycle pick-up times for those with approved applications during the week of Dec. 6 – 10 at the Sheriff’s Honor Farm, located at 880 Oklahoma Avenue, San Luis Obispo. For the health and safety of the public and staff they are asking everyone to observe COVID precautions when picking up a bicycle. The sheriff’s office asks that everyone wear a face mask and maintain social distancing during their scheduled pick-up day and time.
To request a bike, request an application from the e-mail address listed below or go to the 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. The sheriff’s office are seeking the public’s help by asking for new bicycles, new helmets, or monetary donations for replacement parts.
They will be accepting adult bicycles, but 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Nov. 24, 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.