Giving Joy With a Toy
On a cold December 21 afternoon about a dozen bikes followed by a long procession of cars, SUVs, vans trucks rolled out of B3 Bar and Grill to deliver Christmas cheer. Anxiously awaiting this motley crew was an excited bunch of children, many who hadn’t had a decent Christmas in a while. It’s possible some may never have.
The day was going to be really different for these kids. Many of them had lived on the streets until 7 Bridges to recovery came along. Now along with their mothers and siblings they are safe, warm, fed, getting an education, but more importantly getting a chance. On this day, 53 kids got their own gifts, each selected just for them. A ‘wish list’ for each child had been provided to B3 for the “Give Joy With a Toy” ride.
B3 patrons and staff, members of the Bearded Sinners Beard Club and their families, and assorted other friends took some of the lists and made the purchases. Other toys were collected over several weeks at the bar and during Full Throttle’s Anniversary Party. It took that long line of vehicles just to haul everything there.
Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted each elated child while a busy group of elves helped them with their new treasures. The smiles on the kids faces melted the hearts of the 70+ plus people who participated. The Christmas spirit was alive and well.
Please keep in mind, 7 Bridges to Recovery is a year round effort. Pastor 7 and his staff welcome your help and donations to boost their efforts in getting more people off the streets. Monday is Bike Night where you can ride along to help feed some of Atlanta’s homeless. More information is on the website: 7bridgestorecovery.org.