Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL

  • The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, along with HCSO Charities, Inc., donated 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 HCSO and HCSO Charities, Inc. delivered 55 bikes to Cooks at his restaurant, Alex's BBQ in Tampa. Deputies unloaded the bicycles and formally presented them to Cooks. 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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