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Covington Conyers Cycling Club donates toys, bikes to local children
Siblings — Jazmine Jones, Tiana Williams and Travion Williams — try out their new bikes with Covington Conyers Cycle Club member, Ed Winnicki, during the bike giveaway organized by the Covington Housing Authority on Saturday, Dec. 21. - photo by Kathy Hooks

COVINGTON, Ga. — Santa Claus came early this year thanks to local volunteers who distributed donated bicycles and toys last weekend at the Covington Housing Authority office. 

A lucky 140 children received donated toys, including 36 bikes provided by the Covington Conyers Cycling Club, or C4, which repaired used bikes and even gave away some new bicycles to children on Saturday, Dec. 21.  

“The look of the faces on those kids when we give them their bikes is so rewarding, and we hope this gift will give them years of enjoyment through having an active lifestyle,” C4 President John Keck said. 

With 474 members, the nonprofit C4 advocates for a safe and connected network of bikeways and serves the community through participating In and leading several charitable events throughout the year.

At the same time on Saturday, volunteers from the National Action Network’s Newton County chapter distributed toys for 140 children at the CAH office for the third consecutive year. Youth Director Jennifer Banks and her group of teen volunteers were on hand to distribute the toys, which were donated by Toys for Tots.