SAN LEANDRO -- San Leandro Police Officer Louie Brandt has raised more than $20,000 this year for 340 bicycles and helmets that he will give away to low-income children later this month.
Brandt, a patrol officer for more than 15 years, spends all year raising money from local businesses, community members and through a springtime spaghetti feed, which raised about $10,000 this year, said police spokesman Lt. Randall Brandt, who is not related to Louie Brandt.
"This is an amazing program for a great cause. Louie is very busy like all of us, but he still finds time to raise funds for these local children," said Capt. Edward Tracey. "Daily, we hear of how bad the economy is, but citizens and local businesses continue to show their generosity and donate to this great cause."
Bikes and helmets will be distributed at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 to children ages 3 to 11 at the Davis Street Family Resource Center at 3081 Teagarden St. Last week, center staff drew raffle tickets for families that were registered for their annual holiday program, now in its 21st year. Police, fire crews and communtiy volunteers will distribute the bikes to the winners of the drawing as well as holiday food baskets and new toys to 1,000 families. All have already been selected.
Last year, Louie Brandt raised more than $17,000 for the program and gave away about 280 bicycles.