Leo’s Bail Bonds hosts food drive with Dog the Bounty Hunter

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By Erin Ehlke
Mason Times staff writer

“Free Food, Inflatables, and Fun” is what a sign said outside of Leo’s Bail Bonds on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Leo’s Bail Bonds, who has been in business for 25 years but just moved to its current location in 2012, held a food drive in its parking lot right off of North Cedar Street. Leo’s Bail Bonds hunts down people who have missed their court date.

Leo Urban, the owner, makes it a priority to help out his community.

“When a community pulls together, it’s important.”

The food drive started at 7 a.m. and went until 8 p.m. Employees showed up closer to 6 a.m. to get prepared. All of the employees came as volunteers.  At least eight employees showed up plus some family members to help out.

One volunteer was office manager Rick O’Dell, who has been at Leo’s for two years.

O’Dell was happy with the turnout. He credited most of the success to Leo’s son, Leo Junior, saying he had an “instrumental impact.”

Leo Junior, who goes by J.R., laughed at that remark.

“I had a lot of help. My employees came through and other businesses helped out.”

J.R. has worked for his dad for eight years and is general manager of operations. He said he would love to see this food drive become an annual thing.

The food drive had what the sign promised and more. A few special guests came by the drive, Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife, Beth.

Dog and Beth arrived at 3:30 p.m. to meet with fans. Dog has worked with Leo’s Bail Bonds in the past. Dog is currently working on an episode for his TV show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” with the business which is why he was in Mason Michigan instead of his native Hawaii. New episodes of his show air 9 p.m. Saturdays on CMT.

“We are working on one right now, and we’re planning the next four” said Urban.

Dog and Beth drew some attention to the food drive.

Admission was either food or cash to help the food banks of Mason, Holt and Lansing.

Urban said he did not have a goal for the food drive.

“Every little bit helps. It’s a lot more than they had yesterday. It’s not about quantity, it’s quality, it’s how much heart.” – Leo Urban

Urban said he just wants to give back to the community. People are losing their jobs, they can’t put food on the table and some people are shy about asking for help.

“I wish there was another word for poor…..the fighters.”

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