Christmas for Children scrambling to replace bikes lost in May tornado

Hood County Christmas for Children has received about 100 additional bicycle requests because of bikes that were lost or destroyed in the May 15 tornado, according to co-chair Jacque Gordon. Even though the organization does not have all of the money needed, Gordon is putting in an emergency order by noon today for 250 bikes to accommodate a total number of about 550  requests. She said that volunteers are verifying losses attributed to the tornado. Anyone wishing to donate can reach Gordon at 432-631-8272. Bicycle assembly will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 15) at Stonewater Church. Volunteers are welcome.