Continuing an eight-year trend, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office raised more than $10,000 to give away more than 100 bikes and helmets to children.
“Eight years ago, it was right at ($10,000), and every year has just been a little above,” Capt. Chris Matthews said.
Though still making a count, Matthews said the total climbed above $11,000.
More than 40 bicycles were given away Monday morning with an appearance from Santa Claus, though getting some of the bikes home presented a challenge.
Sgt. Tim Couch said he had two officers delivering three bicycles that afternoon.
“You can’t fit three bicycles in the trunk of a car this big,” Couch said, holding his hands close together.
Along with partners like Wal-Mart and other donors, Matthews said the fund received $1,500 from the Citizen’s Academy graduates.
This year was also the first time doing a car and motorcycle show that ultimately brought in more than $4,000 for the fund.
“We’re hoping that next year the car and motorcycle show will raise even more money,” Matthews said.