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Grovetown kids surprised by early Christmas bicycles

Posted: December 29, 2013 - 12:03am
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D.J. Payton (front) and William Shannon, scouts with Troop 108 in Grovetown, load up bicycles for delivery to children in the community. Eagle Paint and Body repaired the bicycles and Grovetown DPS identified the families who needed them.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
D.J. Payton (front) and William Shannon, scouts with Troop 108 in Grovetown, load up bicycles for delivery to children in the community. Eagle Paint and Body repaired the bicycles and Grovetown DPS identified the families who needed them.

Brettney Vicain couldn’t help but smile through her tears.

She watched Tuesday as her children – Mariana, 5, Gaiel, 3, and Taelyn, 2 –were presented bicycles as early Christmas gifts from the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, Eagle Paint and Body and Boy Scout Troop 108.

“It’s amazing,” she said as Taelyn grabbed the handlebars of his Angry Birds bike.

The kids hopped on their new bicycles as the caravan, including a Grovetown fire truck, moved on to deliver bicycles to nine more children in need.

The organizations banded together to refurbish bicycles that were returned to Wal-Mart or bikes that went unclaimed at the department, said department Chief Gary Owens.

“Every kid needs a bike for Christmas,” Owens said as he presented the bicycles. “I hope we keep doing this every year.”

Owens said the department normally gave unclaimed bicycles to underpriviledged children in the city throughout the year.

But this year, the department partnered with the local paint and body shop and the Boy Scouts to create a holiday event to make sure every child has a special Christmas.

“We wanted to get involved in the community,” said Denise Whitmire, who owns Eagle Paint and Body with her husband, Brooks. “We’re blessed and I feel very honored we get to do this.”

The Boy Scouts cataloged and helped repair the bicycles, while the Whitmires paid to buy parts for the repairs.

“I’m excited,” 14-year-old Scout Stacey Sharpe III said when he saw the children’s faces as their bicycles were delivered.

In addition to the bicycles, local builder Mark Herbert, owner of Herbert Homes, donated a $25 Wal-mart gift card to each child to buy anything they needed.

“This is what we want to do with all the businesses,” Owens said. “My goal is to get all of our community and all of our businesses to be so tightly webbed that when someone has a problem, we work on it together.”

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