Bikers bear gifts for Littleton students
In the distance you could hear the roar of the engines. The children knew the sound and came to the bus loop to listen.
It was the FL2-G Yellow Jackets of North Fort Myers Gold Wing Motorcycle Gift Givers, a motorcycle group that for the past three years have given 50 children at Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary School a Christmas they may not have had otherwise.
And the teachers and students made them feel at home in return for the generosity, holding a Holiday Fun event in the PE Pavilion that featured performances, Santa, holiday music and refreshments.
Teacher Laura Reed, who has put the program together for the past three years, said the group picked children whose families need some help to provide Christmas gifts this year.
“A lot of the parents got transportation to come to this. We have many volunteers who took the day off to help. It helps the kids have a special day,” Reed said. “It puts me in the holiday spirit. It’s not about receiving, it’s about giving.”
The motorcycle group contacted the Foundation of Lee County Public Schools three years ago, wanting to “adopt” a school and begin a program where they give gifts to children of families in need. Littleton Elementary, which serves children in North Fort Myers and northeast Cape Coral, was soon contacted.
This brought the Yellow Jackets to the school Tuesday, bearing gifts for students from kindergarten to fifth grade. While those kids got presents, the bikers got a whole lot more.
“It’s the most rewarding thing that we’ve done. We appreciate being able to help these kids out,” said Yellow Jacket Bob Radford. “Many of these kids don’t have much and may not have as good a Christmas without it, and they do a lot for us.”
What the bikers got was a great dance routine from the Lariats & Lace dance troupe, singing from the Littleton Chorus, a visit from Santa, some cookies and cocoa to munch on and gifts such as a tomato plant and ornaments that were hung on the tree with care.
Littleton has one of the financially disadvantaged student populations in Lee County, with many of its students receiving free or reduced lunch.
Principal Monica Broughton said these are children who appreciate anything that anybody does for them.
“They are just thankful for anyone who thinks of them and care enough to be willing to give,” Broughton said. “We want to spread holiday cheer and make sure these students have a Christmas. We’re elated they’re here.”
Steven Schlaff, a single parent of two Littleton students, said the riders are doing a lot to help parents give children a good Christmas.
“These guys don’t have to do this. It helps a lot of parents out who don’t have money to buy presents,” Schlaff said.
There are more than 80,000 people in the Gold Wing Road Riders Association throughout the world, all of whom do what they can to help those less fortunate.