Bicycles and Bibles

A child praying at Bicycles and Bibles 2017

Hurricane Harvey brought dark times to Southeast Texas. It affected families of every demographic and every socioeconomic status. But Saturday, Dec. 16, a shimmer of hope shined through the darkness for more than 1,000 families, a majority of whom were impacted by the storm in some form or fashion. 

In its 18th year, Bicycles and Bibles continued to bring Christmas to those less fortunate, and 2017, a year many would soon like to forget, was no exception.

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Wayne A. Reaud and John Adolph with Lorelia Boehl, Billy Warren and Jon Adolph.

The Reaud Family Foundation achieved a remarkable milestone in 2016, now having given away over 30,000 bicycles and children’s Bibles and blessing tens of thousands of children’s lives since the program started in 1998 with the gifting of 125 bicycles at its first annual Bicycles and Bibles event.

The idea behind the program came from Wayne A.

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The Reaud Family Foundation’s Bicycles and Bibles program, which took place on Saturday, Dec. 15, made a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 children this holiday season. Vidor resident Wendy Rendon said hers is one of those families.

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It seemed to many gathered at Ford Arena on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, that Bicycles and Bibles, an annual event, might just have been a little extra special this year. For some reason the spirit of the crowd gathered inside the big arena seemed to radiate a need to be together, to be whole, to be happy, and to understand the wonder of being blessed during this Christmas Season. Kids often said, “Thank you,” to passing strangers, and one could sense they meant it deeply.

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