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Donated bicycles can light up Christmas for children in need

Dave Lawrence

It is that time of year” again. The bicycle clubs in The Villages are preparing to support the Sumter County Sheriffs Annual Bicycle Collection. For almost two decades, the cycling community has helped fix up gently used bicycles donated by Villagers for children and disadvantaged adults at Christmas time.

This year the date for collecting and repairing these bikes is from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Lake Miona Recreation Center.  The north end of the parking lot will become an outdoor bicycle drop-off, repair and transport facility. The bikes will be unloaded, washed, tires inflated, test ridden, minor repairs made (by volunteers from The Villages cycling community) then loaded onto trailers to be distributed by the sheriffs office in time for Christmas.

If you have a gently used bicycle you would like to donate, please drop it off at the Lake Miona Recreation Center at the above time and date. If you will not be available at that time, you can deliver your bike to the Sumter County Sheriffs Office on County Road 466 and Morse Boulevard anytime.  In recent years, Villagers who want to support the campaign have purchased bikes from an area bike shop or one of the big box stores and delivered the boxed bikes to the Sheriff’s Office or on the day of the collection.  Small bikes are always in high demand at Christmas.

On the day of the collection, a limited number of bikes can be picked up by calling (352) 259-2611. This number only works on the day of the collection. Every effort will be made to pick up your donation.

If you have questions, please email me at [email protected] or call the Sumter County Sheriffs Villages Office at (352) 689-4604.

Villager Dave Lawrence helps coordinate the Sumter County Sheriffs Annual Bicycle Collection.

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