For those who might wonder what motorcycle enthusiasts do for fun when the roads turn to ice in Alaska, you could have found out last week at Fred Meyer's Toy World where about twenty members of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Goldwing Road Riders Assoc (GWRRA) gathered wearing Santa hats in place of their helmets.
Their purpose was to spend the money they had raised during the summer at various events on bunches of toys for kids that might be neglected this Christmas. "This is the most fun I've ever had, I might just retire and do this full time," said Dennis Bible, District Director of the GWRRA. According to Bible the annual event started three years ago when GWRRA member Bob Walker took some Angels from the Salvation Army Angel tree and went shopping for a few kids in need. Bob has been coordinating the event ever since, which has now more than doubled.
Wearing a Santa hat in place of his helmet, Denis Bible, District Director of the Goldwing Association, reads his angel card and prepares to go shopping.
"All the donations come from our members who wanted to help some needy kids by shopping and buying them some new toys, it's really expanded and next year we're going to be accepting donations from people who want to donate from outside our club," said Walker. The Salvation Army supplies the names and distributes the new toys, and the members do the shopping. This year the GWRRA members bought toys for some 40 kids that had filled out Angel Tree wishes. "We're lookin' to do a hundred next year," added Walker.
According to Dennis Bible they were able to make their funds go a lot further this year due to the generous discount contributed by Fred Meyer in Soldotna. The GWRRA biker group represents a wide cross section of Alaskans from police officers to dentists, "We're just people that love to ride and have fun together. Our GWRRA motto is fun, family, friendship, and safety. It's all about sharing the love," said Bible. So, yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus and on the Peninsula he sometimes wears black leathers and rides on two wheels.
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