Bikers Help Deliver Santa’s Gifts
By Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGP Staff Writer
From the outside they look like tough bikers, dressed in leather vests and boots and bandanas.
But that rough image was cracked wide open last weekend when a group of bikers’ decided to show their softer, more compassionate side by giving gifts to children at a local public housing complex.
They did it as part of S.W.A.T. on Patrol Ministries’ 3rd Annual Christmas Rolling Agenda at Ramona Gardens on Dec. 18. Hosted by World Faith Ministries (WFM), the holiday event included guest speakers, live performances, and a toy giveaway.
Forgoing his usual sled and reindeer for a motorcycle sidecar, Santa and his many helpers passed out shiny new bikes and other toys and goodies to the boys and girls of Ramona Gardens.
World Faith Ministries Evangelist Gabriel Garcia, himself a former a Ramona Gardens resident, emceed the holiday event that included live entertainment, as well as the gift giveaway.
Among the featured performers was 12-year-old Ryan Areyan, “Maxso the Artist,” who belted out some tunes for his young fans.
Santa’s biker friends lent a helping hand with donations and helping to run the event: God Side Ministry, Rolling Deep 4 Charities, CCHR Teamster Riders and Red Line Bikers. Other sponsors included city council candidate Rudy Martinez, the US Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program, Rancho Specialty Hospital, Williams & Sons Jewelry, and Starbucks.
Santa Claus was played by George Carrera.Print This Post
December 23, 2010 Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.