Posted: Jul 18, 2012 3:46 PM by Melissa Canone
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has accumulated its share of unwanted/unclaimed bicycles in the past few years that don't have any evidentiary value.
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, "Over the years we end up with more bicycles than we know what to do with. Whether they are abandoned, stolen and unclaimed, or the owner was incarcerated and never comes back for it. They are just taking up badly needed space. Staff members contacted the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana and offered the bicycles to them. They were more than happy to accept the bikes." Sheriff Guidroz added.
Guidroz stated, "The Boys and Girls Club is an organization that helps enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana have a reputation of excellence, and has experienced much success. It is a pleasure to assist them with this donation."
Adrian Giron, Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Opelousas said, "Some of the kids walk here. This will give them an easier method of transportation."
St. Landry Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Lt. Megan Vizena delivered more than 20 bicycles in hopes that it will encourage many young children to understand that law-enforcement officers are not ‘bad people'.
"The bikes will be here at the Boy's and Girl's Club for entertainment and for those children who need a bike for transportation; it will give them a sense of ownership and responsibility," Vizena said.
Pictured is Lt. Megan Vizena with some of the kids from the Boys and Girls Club.