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UPDATE: "Cops on the Roof" campaign collect all 200 bikes

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Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 8:16 AM EST
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The spirit of giving is evident across the East as people continue to donate to various charities during the holiday season.

Michael Keller was one of those kind hearts donating to the Cops on Top of the Greenville Walmart fundraiser on Friday.

"A lot of people helped me out when I was younger and I know just how it is to struggle. I figured there's a little kid that doesn't have a bike," said Keller.

Keller picked out a bike for a little girl complete with training wheels.

He said, "Oh when she sees the fringe on the handlebars and the little basket. And it is pink, all little girls love pink, so she's going to be ecstatic I hope."

Keller's generous gift was thanks to efforts by Pitt County police officers on top of the Greenville Boulevard Walmart. The officers braved Friday's chill as part of a holiday push for Toys for Tots donations.

Ryan Willhite is the Winterville chief of police and thinks this is a great chance to interact with the community and give back.

"You can see the joy on their face, the officers are having a blast and it just brings everybody together for the holidays," says Willhite.

Their mission is to have 200 bikes and it was a mission complete in about four hours.

Pastor Rodney Coles is the Toys for Tots coordinator who said there are around 29,000 children the organization is helping this Christmas. He said it's great to see law enforcement helping out.

"We can come together not just for Toys for Tots but with other things in our community, whether it's a disaster and everything," he adds.

The bikes will be distributed Saturday to Pitt County children.

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Law enforcement agencies from around Pitt County stepped out of their patrol cars and onto the roof of a local Walmart for a good cause.

Police officers and sheriff's deputies climbed to top of the Walmart on Greenville Boulevard for the 3rd annual Cops on the Roof campaign.

Law enforcement officers worked in shifts until they collected their goal of 200 bikes for Toys for Tots of Pitt County.

They reached their goal shortly before noon Friday.

"It gives us a chance to interact with the community and be out and be seen. It's for a good cause so we enjoy being out there," said Farmville Police Chief Donnie Greene.

Officers are challenged business owners and people who live in the community to come out and donate a bike to help get them down, especially with rain in the forecast, and it seems Greenville rose to the occasion!

All bikes donated will go directly to Pitt County children in need this holiday season.

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