Lt. Marlin Padgett

Lt. Marlin Padgett with Mayo Correctional Institution, a guest of Sheriff Brian Lamb, offered the prison’s assistance in the Rotary Club’s Christmas bicycle distribution program.

MAYO — The Mayo Correctional Institution may join forces with the Rotary Club of Mayo for its annual Christmas bicycle distribution program.

Marlin Padgett, a lieutenant with Mayo Correctional Institution, attended the Mayo Rotary meeting Oct. 23 as Sheriff Brian Lamb’s guest.

Padgett discussed with the Mayo Rotary that Mayo CI has already began collecting bicycles to give away for Christmas. He said that if the Mayo Rotary needed any help, purchasing new ones or refurbishing used bicycles, that he and his team would be more than willing and capable in helping so that the children would be able o have a bicycle for Christmas.

The Mayo Rotary has conducted the program in years past.

Last year, 15 newer bikes were purchased, due to a smaller number in the amount of bikes the community was requesting.

The Mayo Rotary is looking into providing a mixture of new and refurbished bicycles this year for the children, in hopes of having a higher number of bicycles to give away.

The Rotary Club accepted the assistance from Lt. Padgett and Mayo CI, should the need arise.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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