Devonshire Elementary School Students Receive Free Bikes Courtesy of the Loss Prevention Foundation Supported by Lowe’s LP and Safety Department

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – December 10, 2013 –– Just in time for the holidays, the Loss Prevention Foundation Supported by the Lowe’s LP and Safety Department raised funds to donate over 100 new bicycles to children in need at Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, NC, on December 6.

To encourage student excellence throughout the school year, 12 additional bikes will also be presented in June to recognize two outstanding students in each grade for their effort, achievement and behavior.

The team raised funds to provide the free bikes through the Adopt-A-Bike program of the non-profit Universal Surveillance Systems Foundation (USS Foundation). Adopt-A-Bike donates free bicycles to disadvantaged children at schools across the nation to encourage them to work hard, obey the rules, stay in school and break the cycle of poverty.

Gene Smith, president of the Loss Prevention Foundation, said, “The students at Devonshire Elementary have worked very hard to excel, and we want to recognize their wonderful effort and success. They are the future of this country, and we know Adopt-A-Bike will help encourage them to build on their dreams. LPF and our partners wish a fantastic holiday to these deserving kids and their families.”

“Lowe’s LP and Safety Department is proud to have participated in this wonderful program that gives back to the community and shows others care,” said Claude Verville, Lowe’s Vice President of Loss Prevention, Safety and Hazmat. “I was touched by the outpouring of thanks and the indescribable joy when the grateful kids received their bikes. Lowe’s is committed to helping those in need, and Adopt-A-Bike is a great way to inspire these great kids with so much potential to work hard and not lose faith that a great future can be theirs.”

“This incredible event would not have been possible without the hard work and generosity of the Loss Prevention Foundation and Lowe’s Loss Prevention and Safety Department,” said Adel Sayegh, founder and CEO of the USS Foundation. “Because of the continuing tough economy, these bikes may be the only Christmas giftunder the tree this year for many of these kids. I grew up in poverty, so Iunderstand how difficult it can be to struggle to make a better life. I’ve dedicated my life to giving back to others by instilling in them the self confidence and drive to work hard, stay in school and reach for their dreams.”

Before the excited kids received their bikes, Captain Mike Smith of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office provided them with motivating bike safety instruction.

The event was make possible through the generosity of the Loss Prevention Foundation, Lowe’s, Walmart, Food Lion, Family Dollar, Visually Creative Video, Security Resources, Spark Enterprises, Inc., Iverify, Art Barraza, Margie Bland, Robert Bond, John Doggette, Scott Draher, Robert Gognstad, Sandy Hinson, Lance Incitti, Denise Jennings, Drancis Johns, William Jones, Ruth LaBernz-Miller, Curtis Leininger, Kevin McMenimen, Mark Mellor, Kevin Morrison, Monica Mullins, Donna Murphy, William Napier, Chris O’Leary, Jennifer Payseur, Elizabeth Rabun, Dave Roberts, John Selevitch, Terry Sullivan, Karen Vanbrunt, Jessica Verran and Claude Verville.

The USS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping less fortunatechildren have the tools, skills and knowledge to build a better life with ahope for a brighter tomorrow. The USS Foundation has donated over 1,000 bikes to disadvantaged children in Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio through Adopt-A-Bike.

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