The Union Recorder

Local News

December 23, 2013

Flagg Chapel delivers bicycles for Christmas



Preston remembers her first bike.

“It put a big smile on our face,” she said. “It's very heart touching when you get that bike to ride.”

Rev. Omer Reid, senior pastor at Flagg Chapel Baptist Church, said working with Campus Crest has been wonderful.

“Of course they get total credit for everything we do down here,” Reid said. “We give bicycles to the folks who need them, but without (Campus Crest) there would be very few bikes. They have been a blessing to the community and our church.”

It took all day Thursday to organize the bikes purchased and setup the Flagg Chapel center. Reid thanks his hard working churchgoers.

Church member and longtime Milledgeville resident Larry Martin said this event's positive feel can “carry you through the rest of the year.”

Flagg Chapel's congregation works tirelessly to make the community feel the love.

“I look forward to being here every year just to do this,” Martin said. “I remember what it was like to get a bike at Christmas, and I can just imagine the smiling looks on these kids' faces when they get one. Giving back is what we are supposed to do.”

In every college town featuring a Campus Crest Community, the company finds churches or community group partners.

The annual Bicycle Giveaway started off small, according to Hartnett. Now, the program peaks at 150 bicycles gifted.

“I think over the last seven or eight years we've given out over 1,000 bikes. It's just been a real success story,” Hartnett said. “We are doing this across the country, but we have a special place in our heart for this one because this is where it all started.”

Reid said churches should give back to the community they receive support from.

“We ought to be giving just like we receive. God expects us to be good stewards in being able to help those in need in the community,” the pastor said. “We have a really good program.”

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train