Despite challenges presented by COVID-19, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office has announced its 2020 Christmas Bicycle Program has been a success.
HCSO employees came together to provide 112 bicycles to those in need at no cost. In addition to 37 individual families, the effort provided bicycles to the Edmondson-Telford Child Advocacy Center, Hall-Dawson CASA Program and Hall County Victim Services.
In addition to donations from deputies and the community, the sheriff’s office normally raises funding for the program through the Show & Shine summer car show. Due to the pandemic, the car show was cancelled this year. Despite the fundraising challenge, support from local businesses and individuals helped push the program past its $10,000 goal.
“We knew the program would be difficult to pull off this year,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said. “That difficulty is the exact reason the bicycles for families were so important this year. We feel blessed that so many have stepped up to support the program to help us provide a little Christmas joy for many children who would have otherwise been without gifts.”
— Staff Reports