Associated Terminals donates 20 children’s bicycles to Sheriff’s Office to give to needy St. Bernard families

The 20 bicycles donated by Associated Terminals are shown as Sheriff James Pohlmann stands with Jason Perez, left, operations manager at Associated Terminals, and Louis Fos, right, its cranes manager.

Associated Terminals, exclusive operator of the Port of St. Bernard’s marine facilities, has donated 20 children’s bicycles to the Sheriff’s Office to give to needy St. Bernard families for Christmas.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said recipients of the bicycles have been chosen.

Associated Terminals, the largest midstream stevedoring company on the Mississippi River, operates at sites including at Chalmette Slip in St. Bernard Parish, in Plaquemines Parish and in Reserve.

Sheriff Pohlmann met Dec. 21 with Jason Perez, Associated Terminals’ operations manager, and Louis Fos, its cranes manager, to receive the girls’ and boys’ bicycles.

“We are happy to help brighten Christmas for the boys and girls of St. Bernard Parish who will receive the bicycles donated by Associated Terminals,’’ Sheriff Pohlmann said. “They have been helping us for years.’’

Associated Terminals has donated bicycles to the Sheriff’s Office at Christmas for a number of years to help the needy and has also donated bicycles to several other groups in St. Bernard. This year some 160 bicycles were being given by the company to nine agencies and several individual families.

Employees at Associated Terminals donate money to help fund the bicycle project, which has been active with the Christmas bike project in several parishes since 2002.