News: Iron Brigade riders bring holiday cheer to children
Story by Sgt. Vincent Byrd
FORT BLISS, Texas – A festive array of red and green candy canes, snowmen and reindeer decorated the streets of Old Ironsides, where Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, revved their motorcycle engines in support of the Annual Toy run, December 6, providing a jolly juxtaposition.
Motorcyclists from throughout the brigade donated toys to the 1st Armored Division to help with their toy drive and promote the spirit of giving and holiday cheer. It also gave motorcyclist mentors a chance to evaluate their riders.
“The motorcycle mentorship program is a way to establish an environment for riders of all types,” said Sgt. James Lea, a motorcycle mentor in 2nd BCT, 1st AD.
The motorcyclists delivered candy canes to child development centers, and was the first year that the 2nd BCT held this kind of toy ride.
“Yes, the spirit of the holiday season isn’t just about opening presents,” said Staff Sgt. Dexter Carson, tasking NCO in 2nd BCT, 1st AD. “It’s the season for giving.”
Approximately 50 riders and more than 100 toys were donated to the 1st Armored Division toy box.
Before the 2nd BCT toys, the division toy box was only one-third full; afterward, it was overflowing and 1st AD had reached their goal.
Even after completing a five-week field evaluation with a two week recovery period, the brigade still encourages the Soldiers and Families to volunteer and participate. “It felt good to give back,” Lea said. “I loved playing Santa Clause this year,” he said.
The 2nd BCT, 1st AD, is committed to providing the safest most enjoyable environment for Soldiers and Families. By sharing holiday cheer with the 1st Armored Division and getting to spend time with loved ones.