Local bikers teamed up with Santa and Mrs. Claus to bring at least a hint of holiday cheer to hospital patients in Barton County. Members from two area motorcycle clubs – Bikers of Central Kansas and Sidewinders of Kansas – spent Sunday afternoon delivering special Christmas ornaments to the three hospitals in the county: Clara Barton Hospital, Ellinwood District Hospital, and Great Bend Regional Hospital.
“Our clubs purchase the gifts every year and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus present them,” explained BCK member Rae Brack. “The patients really enjoy the visits and the gifts, and we enjoy doing this every year.”
It was the 10th year that the clubs have combined to deliver gifts to those who are spending Christmastime in the hospital. This year, they handed out more than 40 Christmas ornaments to patient. Members also donated and delivered a box of Beanie Babies to the obstetric unit at Great Bend Regional.
Filling in for Santa and Mrs. Claus were husband and wife Tom and Marie Drewel, who are also longtime BCK members. The couple said they have taken on their Santa roles at many events for the past 30 years.