Operation Santa Claus collects bikes for children
LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Over the next couple of weeks, local schools and organizations will deliver hundreds of bikes to children in need across Lawton.
It's all made possible through Classic Chevrolet's second annual Operation Santa Claus event. Organizers at Classic Chevrolet collected more than 350 bikes so far and will deliver them to schools and organizations like the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. School principals, counselors, and other community leaders then give the bikes to the children who need them.
Some of the bikes are purchased by Classic Chevrolet and the employees that work there. Others are donated and dropped off at Classic Chevy by residents just hoping to make children's Christmas dreams come true.
"Getting a bike for Christmas is the ultimate gift," Owner of Classic Lawton Chevrolet Ervin Randle said.
Randle said this is an event that several Chevy dealers across Oklahoma and Texas participate in for one simple reason...to help the kids and make their Christmas special.
"To see a kid get a new bike, want it on his wish list, not know if he's going to get it...it's our way of giving them what they want," Randle said.
Classic Lawton Chevrolet got involved in Operation Santa Claus for the first time last year and Randle says he already sees it becoming a yearly tradition.
"We're going to continue to do it year in and year out because it's what the city needs, for some of this good love to be spread. So, that's what we're doing, just kind of spreading the love," Randle said.
Randle said he's amazed by how much the community has come together for this great cause.
"It pulls the community together. Throughout Lawton and Fort Sill we've had a lot of people just come in and drop off bikes. Didn't want anything, didn't want to buy a car, and that's what it's all about. Just giving back to the community," Randle said.
Randle said in his opinion, this event is nowhere near as big as it could be. He encourages more people to get involved.
"Anybody can walk into Walmart, buy a bike, come out here, donate the bike. We'll make sure the bike gets dropped off before Christmas. It's just a win-win for the whole city," Randle said.
While the schools and local charitable organizations choose which children receive a bike, parents are encouraged to contact their school or area organizations if you feel your child should get one through the program.
If you would like to donate a new child's bike, you can purchase it from anywhere and take it to Classic Lawton Chevrolet by the 12th.
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