The Knights of Pythias hit a new record this year, pulling together nearly 200 bikes and trikes, 196 to be exact, for girls and boys in Gulf County.

The Knights of Pythias hit a new record this year, pulling together nearly 200 bikes and trikes, 196 to be exact, for girls and boys in Gulf County.

During events at each end of the county, City Commons in Port St. Joe and Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka, the Pythians handed out the families and children last Saturday.

By the numbers, the Pythians refurbished, with some assistance from Bay County’s Salvage Santa Mike Jones, about 40 of the bikes and trikes and purchased the remaining number.

The purchases as made possible by fundraisers throughout the year, the two largest being a fish fry during the summer months followed by the raffling of a 50-inch television, the drawing for which was held last week.

All those new bikes and trikes kept the Pythians plenty busy last week.

“We were building bikes right into this morning,” said Clarence Monette, Chancellor of the R.A. Driesbach Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization dedicated to peace and community.

Monette’s smile was returned by a steady stream of youngsters, identified for a donation of wheels with the assistance of the public schools and North Florida Child Development, Inc., who picked up their bikes, along with moms, dads and grandparents, not to mention a sister or brother or three.

To them, Christmas Day got a whole lot brighter.