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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Record-breaking number of bicycles collected through efforts of Villagers and sheriff’s office

A record number of bicycles have been collected through the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with bicyclists in The Villages.

The aim of the annual program is to provide bicycles for Christmas for those who could not otherwise afford them.

Bicycles were collected and assembled Friday morning at Lake Miona Recreation Center. The effort went quickly, thanks to the record number of Villagers who volunteered to clean up and assemble the more than 500 bicycles that were donated. At least 250 of the bicycles were brand new children’s bicycles.

Under sheriff Pat Breeden, Dave Lawrence, Capt. Robert Siemer, in front, from left
Under sheriff Pat Breeden, Dave Lawrence, Capt. Robert Siemer, in front, from left

Dave Lawrence of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club has helped in the bicycle collection efforts for several years.

“Forty-two club members turned up for the event, the most ever,” Lawrence said with obvious pride.

Under Sheriff Pat Breeden was on hand along with Capt. Robert Siemer and several deputies who transported bikes to locations around Sumter County.

Villagers Bob and Rose Jordan have repaired and donated 150 bikes over the last three years.
Villagers Bob and Rose Jordan have repaired and donated 150 bikes over the last three years.

Several Villagers have have been involved in the bicycle collection for several years. Retired U.S. Army General Bob Jordan and his wife, Rose, have been working this event for more than 10 years. He also has a bike workshop set up in his garage and has repaired neighbor’s bikes as well as collecting bikes for the sheriff’s Christmas event. He and Rose have donated 50 bikes each of the last three years.

Mike Sadle ,who resides in the Village of Saint Catherines, test rides a bike before it is loaded for transport.
Mike Sadle, who resides in the Village of St. Catherine, test rides a bike before it is loaded for transport.

Deputies hauled more than a dozen trailers of bikes to locations around Sumter county where the Sheriff’s Office will hold Christmas parties for local families.

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