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Hughesville Police Department establishes first bike giveaway

By Staff | Jul 5, 2011

The first bike giveaway by the Hughesville Police department was held during carnival week. Standing with their new bikes (L to R) are Mackensie Boore, age 9 from Muncy; Police Chief Jason Gill; Sydney Foresman, 5, from Elimsport; Jacob Charles, 3 from Hughesville; and Jim Pearson, owner of Pearson's Bike Shop in Hughesville.

HUGHESVIILLE – Three eager young children were extremely happy when they picked up their brand new bicycles from Pearson’s Bike Shop in Hughesville last Wednesday night.

Chief Jason Gill from Hughesville’s Police Department decided to organize a bike giveaway at this year’s carnival and all seven police officers contributed their own funds to the cause. A drawing was held the last night of the carnival on Saturday June 11, and 3 names were chosen from a list of over 600 registrants according to Gill.

“The Officers set up a stand at the Hughesville Fireman’s carniaval and allowed anyone under the age of 16 to put their name in to win a bike of their choice from Pearson’s Bike Shop in Hughesville,” said Chief Gill. The large box got pretty full and the officers had children draw the winning names.

The 3 winning names were Mackensie Boore, from Muncy, Jacob Charles, age 3 from Hughesville and Sydney Foresman, 5 from Elimsport. The three children were notified by phone. “I can’t wait to ride my bike and take it home,” said Mackensie Boore who also said she outgrew her old one. Her mother, Dawn Boore said that Mackensie will be able to ride it at their river lot.

Jonathan Charles said that his three year old son, Jacob, is getting his very first bike and he could hardly wait during the two weeks once he found out he was getting it.

All three children met at Pearson’s where they were presented with their bicycles, a helmet and $20 credit to purchase any additional accessories of their choosing. With a pink helmet in her hand to match her striking red hair, Sydney Foresman helped her mother load her new bike into their van.

“All money came from dontated money from the officers. We would like to do this every year,” added Chief Gill.

Pearson’s bike shop assisted with providing the bikes at a discounted rate. The total value of the giveaway came to nearly $600 according to Jim Pearson, owner of Pearson’s Bike Shop.

Contributing officers were Chief Jason Gill, Officer Rod Smith, Officer Chad Aldenderfer, Officer Michael Palmeter, Officer Jeff Houseknecht, Officer Andrew Boyer, and Officer Anthony Oeler.