Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-492

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 11, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Cristal Bermudez-Nunez : cbermude@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8118

    Bicycle Donations

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, along with HCSO Charities, Inc. is donating 55 bicycles to "Alex's Christmas for Kids" organization.
    • Thursday
    • December 13, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Alex's BBQ
    • 5362 West Village Drive
    • Tampa, Florida


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, along with HCSO Charities, Inc., is donating 55 bicycles to the “Alex’s Christmas for Kids” organization. Every year, Alex Cooks, of Alex’s BBQ, collects donations and spends time repairing bicycles to give to children in need during the holiday season, sometimes giving away over 1,500 bicycles a year. Cooks started “Alex’s Christmas for Kids,” a nonprofit dedicated to the yearly bicycle donations for children, several years ago. However, just last month a thief broke into Alex’s BBQ and stole the donation jar of money containing $500 he was saving for this year’s bicycle giveaway.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, along with HCSO Charities, Inc. chose to reach out to this good samaritan so that he may keep his great tradition going this year, regardless of last month’s burglary. On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., HCSO and HCSO Charities, Inc. will deliver 55 bikes to Cooks at his restaurant, Alex’s BBQ in Tampa. Deputies will be on hand to unload the bicycles at 9:30 a.m. and formerly present them to Cooks at 10:00 a.m. Hopefully, this will keep Cooks’ mission strong and will help some families have a brighter Christmas than they expected.

    Anyone interested in donating to HCSO Charities, Inc. to help with future projects can visit http://www/Charities.aspx.
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