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.

Hardcore bikers delight in giving kids their own set of wheels for Christmas. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

 

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.

A small child smiles happily after receiving an unwrapped gift.

 

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.

Ramona Gardens kids on the “nice list” receive goodie-bag stockings from Santa, and be handed an unwrapped gift from a volunteer. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

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December 23, 2010  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

Comments

3 Responses to “Bikers Help Deliver Santa’s Gifts”

  1. FRESH-DOUG on December 30th, 2010 5:41 pm

    GOOD JOB TR rider thats how we roll.

  2. Jerry Doubleday on December 30th, 2010 8:12 pm

    Not even the rain was going to stop the Teamster Riders from delivering all the gifts collected for this special event. It was an awesome day seeing all the kids with their big smiles and laughing just like all kids should be at Christmas. It was an honor to be a part of this event and after seeing all the kids walking away with their gifts I think it was a big success.

    Jerry Doubleday
    President Teamster Riders

  3. Maggie on January 3rd, 2011 7:40 pm

    Thank you Gabriel for the 3 years you’ve brought Christmas to Ramona Gardens,

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