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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas - F.O.G. Cycles Style

Written by  December 31, 2004

And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and…five Harley-Davidson scooters? Okay, maybe it wasn’t exactly the scene from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but it was just as appropriate for the holiday. Of course I am talking about the F.O.G. Cycles & Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine 1st Annual Christmas Drive, which was held at F.O.G Cycles on Saturday, December 18.

Frank Hicks, owner of F.O.G. Cycles, along with Carl Busse and Wayne Thompson from Cycle Connections, came up with a plan that allowed those of us who could spare a few bucks this Christmas season to help those less fortunate. Frank added a little extra incentive by offering a leather jacket or a leather vest and chaps combo to the individual with the highest monetary-valued donation.

Donations were not only the usual toys for the kids, but also some of the more pressing needs for families this time of year, such as socks, hats and gloves for the little ones, as well as non-perishable food items and cash donations. The community as a whole, much like they always do, rose to the challenge of helping out such a worthy endeavor, and the drive was a definite success. For those who were unable to attend the event, several local businesses accepted donations at their locations December 1st through the 16th. Those businesses included Alter Ego Cycle, both the north and southwest locations, Carrel Brothers Colors, Frankie D’s, Hawg Wyld Cycles, Jackie’s Leather and More, Lightning Cycle, Motorcycle Closeouts, Moto-Gear and the Oak Tree Lounge.

The day’s festivities began with refreshments provided by Knuckleheads Saloon. It was a heartwarming sight to see all the children coming in, eyes wide and full of excitement and anticipation. Plenty of soft drinks, cookies and candy greeted them, which were also sampled by a few sweet-toothed photojournalists. And if you were hungry for more, the kitchen provided hot dogs and hot food, and the bar was open for the adult-sized Santa’s helpers.

Santa Claus (Carl Busse) and Ms Claus (Patty Busse) arrived in a beautiful sleigh complete with five Harley “reindeer.” Santa took time to listen to each and every child’s Christmas wishes while Mrs. Claus took pictures for parents to purchase as a lasting memory.

As the children kept the Clauses busy, many of their parents had time to look over the items available in the silent auction. The auction items were provided by Motorcycle Closeouts, KC Creations, Hawg Wyld Cycles, Alter Ego Cycles, Jackie’s Leather and More, and private parties. I bid on several myself. To keep up the momentum, Frank periodically raffled off items donated by F.O.G Cycles, Cycle Connections, and private parties. There was a tie for the highest monetary donation. Our thanks go to Robert and Terry Tucker as well as Bill McDonald for their generosity.

Once Santa finally got through the line of children, it was Mrs. Claus’ turn to entertain the young ones. She gathered all the youngsters around her for a reading from her beautiful copy of the book, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. I wish you could have seen the faces on those children. Their eyes full of wonder and innocence made me feel warm inside on a pretty chilly day.

For a first time event, this was a resounding success as $728 in cash plus $150 in gift cards was raised ($420 from the silent auction). We were able to help eight families, one of which needed $250 to finish paying for a car in order to hold down a job. An 80-year-old woman was provided with a bed, two families were provided with bicycles, and, in Frank Hick’s words, a “truckload” of toys was donated, along with food and cleaning items.

Frank would like to thank everyone who helped, and as he put it, “Everyone was great. All this happened in less than a month. Everyone had the real Christmas spirit.” The Cycle Connections team would also like to extend our thanks to each and every person who contributed to the success of this event, and we hope the F.O.G. Cycles & Cycle Connections Annual Christmas Drive will continue as a Christmas tradition in the years to come.

By Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson