After funds stolen, sheriff’s office donates bikes - FOX 13 News

After funds stolen, sheriff’s office donates bikes

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

There's some good now to come from some bad behavior.

Alex Cook of Alex's BBQ Restaurant in Tampa is known for his good BBQ, but probably better known for his good heart.

Each year he collects hundreds of dollars in donations and uses it to buy and repair bikes for kids during Christmas.

This year - he needs a little extra help. A donation jar inside his restaurant was stolen along with about $500 in cash he was planning to use to repair bikes.

But Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is stepping in to help.  They are delivering and donating 55 bikes to Cook's restaurant.

They are hoping this will help keep the incredible tradition going strong, even after the burglary.

It's something Cook started several years ago. He sometimes gives away more than 1,500 bikes a year for children.

With many kids hoping for a bike for Christmas, Alex's organization and the donation will make that happen throughout the Bay area.

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