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Updated: 12/27/2017 09:40:04AM

Carrolls, VHS baseball boost Holiday spirit

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PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY

With two bouquets of red roses, Rich Carroll recognized his wife Nancy's (left) help in giving away more than 3,000 bicycles over the past two decades.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY

Within two hours, these bicycles had found a loving home. Rich and Nancy Carroll have given away 3,030 bicycles to children around the Venice community since the late 1990's.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY

In addition to 80 bicycles given away, there were countless other presents and gift bags awaiting children under the tree.


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Six-year-old Lindsey White of Venice pleads her case to Santa that she has been good all year.

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One-year-old Ryder Evans approves of his new mini-bike. At left is his father Mike.

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Mom (Natalia Riabova) and daughter Aveliia are all smiles after being presented with a stuffed bear from Santa Claus.

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Evan Moralee, 12, poses with Santa while Venice High School baseball player Hunter Szewczyk prepares to present him with a new mountain bike.

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The Venice baseball team has volunteered for the Bicycle Giveaway for 15 years. Dillon Pisano took his place on Santa’s knee.

By STEPHEN McKAY

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Even though 6-year-old Lindsey White of Venice felt it necessary to plead her case before Santa Claus that she had been a good girl this year, Santa likely found the exercise unnecessary. He already knew.

Still, the possible future attorney continued the plea. Lindsey made her case briefly with waving arms, solid facts and a beautiful smile. When Santa returned her ear-to-ear grin, Lindsey must have known she’d won her first case.

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