’Twas days before Christmas and all through county, few were stirring because of a chill.
Laughter and joy, however, filled a clubhouse on JV Road as members of the Disloyal Few motorcycle club, with hearts of gold, prepared for their annual Christmas run, bringing toys and games to those in need.
This year's giveaway was no different than the previous four, with the exception that the load was heavier and more families have found themselves in need.
Chris Clemmens, road captain for the Disloyal Few, said the numbers had gone up significantly from previous years.
“We have 53 kids, double of what we did last year,” he said.
Recipient families are selected through churches and the leadership of the Disloyal Few. They visit each residence to learn the families’ needs. This year’s load required the bikers to make 15 stops throughout Liberty and Long counties.
The first stop for Santa and the Disloyal Few riders, arrayed to represent Santa’s eight reindeer, was the home of Ashely Schaefers and her daughters, Payton and Haley. The little girls couldn’t hide their excitement as Santa and the bikers carried gifts into their home. Ashley Schaefers fought hard to contain her emotions as she spoke of the group.
“For these guys to come here and do this for my girls, any kid, is amazing. It’s awesome. I don’t think they really understand how many hearts they touch,” Schaefers said.
The reaction at each home was the same. Parents wiped away tears, said thanks and hugged the members. The kids bubbled with anticipation.
Candice Farmer stood outside her home with her nine children. They were jumping with excitement at the sight of the gifts.
Overcome with joy, she said, “It’s a blessing, truly it is.”