- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) - It’s the best part of being a Chickasaw County Constable.

First District Constable Billy Voyles gave six bicycles to six needy Chickasaw County youngsters this Christmas.

“This community has been good to me and this is just a little way to give something back,” Voyles said. “Some of those first kids now have kids that need bicycles.”

Voyles said he has been handing out “Billy Bikes” since he became constable in 1996. The bicycles are bought with his personal money and no tax dollars are used.

“I give out three new bicycles to boys and three new bicycles to girls,” Voyles said. “They are different sizes for different ages.”

Voyles said he typically picks a boy and girl from Houlka, Houston and Woodland. He said bikes are delivered on Christmas Eve and Voyles said he tells parents to just say Santa Claus brought it.

He pointed out the bikes are bought locally.

“In this business we see a lot of people who have come on hard times and who might not be able to have much of a Christmas this year,” Voyles said. “I know these people, and I assure you they go to deserving kids and families.”

Voyles said this Christmas tradition is something he looks forward to every year.

“I can’t tell you how excited these kids are to get a bicycle for Christmas,” Voyles said. “I tell people I was elected to serve the community and this is one of my favorite ways to make life a little better for those who don’t have much.”

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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