Outfitted in traditional biker attire — black leather jackets and vests emblazoned with an orange logo — members of the Disloyal Few may look intimidating at first glance, but the motorcycle group is making headway in dispelling the myth that bikers are trouble.
The Sunday before Christmas, the group rode from its Hinesville headquarters alongside three pickups loaded down with gifts to be delivered to less fortunate Liberty County families.
The motorcyclists even enlisted the help of Santa Claus, who decided to forgo his traditional sleigh and hitch a ride on the back of the caravan’s lead truck as the Disloyal Few embarked on a holiday mission to spread joy to 24 children who otherwise might not have enjoyed opening gifts on Christmas.
Ashly Decos and her children, Joselyn Green, 8, Bryanna Green, 7, and Michael Williams, 2, watched as the bikers carried boxes of toys into their Deal Street home.
“It’s a Christmas miracle,” Joselyn said.
Had it not been for the motorcycle group, Decos said “Christmas would’ve been kind of slim.”
One by one, the Disloyal Few made their way to 11 homes in Hinesville and Liberty County, spreading Christmas cheer at each stop.
Brianna Powell and her 2-year-old daughter, Avah Lynn, peered out a window of their Walthourville home as the charitable caravan pulled into the yard. Eyes wide, Avah squeezed her mom’s hand and exclaimed, “Santa, Santa!” when she spotted Kris Kringle waving from the bed of a pickup. She curiously eyed the boxes of toys before her as the bikers wished the pair a merry Christmas.
Powell expressed gratitude for the Disloyal Few’s generosity.
Without them, she still “would (have) definitely tried to make the best of it. I try not to think of Christmas is all about the presents, it’s about surrounding each other with love,” she said.
Disloyal Few secretary Ross Blaylock said the motorcycle club organizes several charitable events throughout the year, including a family Easter-basket giveaway and various fundraisers for community members in need.
During the Christmas-present delivery, Blaylock said watching the children’s faces light up was rewarding.
“The kids are loving it,” he said. “They love the excitement and they feel special, and that’s what we want to provide.”