The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community once again left its mark on the surrounding community through restoritive efforts made recently to give to needy children in Otero, Bent and Crowley counties.

The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community once again left its mark on the surrounding community through restoritive efforts made recently to give to needy children in Otero, Bent and Crowley counties.

Earlier this month, Bob Chambers, a dispatcher at the La Junta Police Department, made arrangements for 24 abandoned bicycles in the La Junta Police Department impound to be turned over to Jody Bracy, director of the American Legion Riders from Post 9 and the Wayne Kash Memorial Toy Dance to be repaired for needy children in Otero, Bent and Crowley counties.

One week later, Richard Devlin, commander of the Fort Lyon American Legion, took parts from the more damaged bicycles and returned 13 refurbished bikes back to Bracy and Kevin Bosley, Post 9 American Legion Riders, for delivery at Christmas.

Each of the 13 bicycles that were returned had been repaired, oiled, safety inspected and cleaned up and ready for delivery at Christmas.

Devlin's efforts are greatly appreciated by all involved.

Five bicycles were delivered by Bracy to Sharron Bullock, associated with the Bent County Development Foundation, for their efforts in helping ensure needy children in Bent County have a Christmas. The rest of the bicycles will be divided between Otero and Crowley counties.