The Alameda County sheriff's office is asking for donations to help pay for bicycles and other sports equipment for children affected by the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County.
The "Bikes for Butte" campaign launched by Sheriff Gregory Ahern and the Sports Association of Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs seeks to raise $20,000 by Dec. 21 and has received $2,825 as of 8 p.m. today.
In requesting contributions, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly wrote, "The recent Camp Fire was the most devastating in California history. Many of you saw the tremendous destruction of life and property and many of those most affected by this event are the children of Butte County."
Kelly said, "We know from experience that the best way to restore some normalcy to a child's life is through sports and activity. When children can exercise and socialize it reduces their anxiety and stress."
He wrote, "This helps families and parents. Many of the organized activity programs in Butte County lost their equipment, including bicycles."
Kelly said bicycles and helmets cost about $150 and the campaign's goal is to deliver at least 100 bikes.
He said, "The more we raise, the more smiles and cheer we will be able to infuse in Butte County to let them know that they are not alone."
The website for donations is here.