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Hall County Sheriffs Office raising $10,000 to use toward bikes, helmets for children
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The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to raise $10,000 this holiday season to help supply new bicycles and helmets for less fortunate children in the community.

The department’s deputies, staff, Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy participants and community have already raised $1,500 toward this goal.

The Sheriff’s Office has been running this effort and has exceeded its $10,000 goal every year since 1997.

Donations are accepted at the Hall County Courthouse.

This year, the Hall Sheriff’s Office is expanding the program to area schools and churches to identify families who could benefit from a new bicycle. The agency will also donate bikes to Court Appointed Special Advocates and The Gateway House.

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County and Wal-Mart are partnering with the Sheriff’s Office in the bike efforts.

To recommend a family in need of a bike, contact Sandy Garrett in the Court Services Division or Capt. Chris Matthews at 770-531-7090. To be eligible, applications must be submitted on or before Thursday. Bicycles will be handed out to families at the Hall County Courthouse on Dec. 21, or arrangements can be made for the bicycles to be delivered to the recipient’s home.   

If you have information about efforts to help families during the holidays, email details to