Members of the Goldwing Riders Assoc rally at Freddy's Toy dept to shop for Angel Tree gifts.
For motorcycling enthusiasts the only thing as fun as riding their bikes in Alaska is pushing a shopping cart through the toy department at Fred Myers. According to Dennis Bible, district director for the Gold Wing Riders Association (GWRA), the toy shopping spree is in its sixth year, “This is a continuing program. We have four GWRA chapters in Alaska and they are all participating in similar Christmas programs in their area where they help out kids and give back to their local communities,” explained Bible while selecting specific Angel Tree requests with his wife Sue.
Members of the Goldwing Riders Assoc. rally at Freddy's Toy dept. to shop for Angel Tree gifts.
Preston Williams, local GWRA chapter director and his wife Sue were also filling their cart with toys, “We’re here shopping for about 60 kids who made Angel Tree wishes at the Salvation Army Angel Tree, each child writes down on the card what they’re hoping for Christmas and we do our best to see they get it. Members of our chapter raised about $1,600 this year and we’ll be spending it on the toys that the kids made their wishes for and then turning the bags of toys over to the Salvation Army for distribution. Fred Myers also helped us out with a $100 gift certificate and Nichols Assisted Living also donated a good amount of money and with the money from the GWRA itself, we have $1,600 worth of gifts to buy here tonight, it’s a lot of fun,” said Williams.
Preston & Linda Williams of the Goldwing Riders Assoc. select special Angel Tree gifts for more than 60 children last week at Freddy's.
Throughout the year GWRA members participate in over-night rallies, campouts and fund raising picnics, “It’s a fun group for anyone who likes motorcycle touring, but this time of year this is the most fun we can have with the bikes in the garage,” added Bible. Williams and Bible were assisted by about 14 other members of the local Gold Wing Riders Assoc. and their wives. 71-year-old member Carl Glick, a modified Gold Wing Trike rider was among the group of “Santa’s helpers” as he has been every year since the group started their Angel Tree shopping program. Anyone wishing to make an Angel Tree wish come true for a local child may pick up a wish card at the Salvation Army Family Service building next to the Salvation Army church on Forest Drive in Kenai, or call 283-3879.
Goldwing Riders Dennis & Sue Bible help to select Angel Tree gifts for more than 60 children last week at Freddy's.
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