Deliveries made on Christmas Day thanks to bicycle donations
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
Santa Clause wasn’t the only person making deliveries so kids could have something under the Christmas tree.
Reverend Bennie Johnson with Arkansas Stop the Violence made stops around Central Arkansas on Christmas Day with the help of volunteers giving bikes to children who otherwise wouldn't get many gifts.
This year, over the course of several weeks, his organization was able to give out a total of 345 bikes.
"I just thank god that people showed me as a little child how to give," said Rev. Bennie.
"It'll be my second year with him,” said Juantez Lee. “[We’re] helping out someone who needs it the most."
For the last decade, Rev. Bennie has organized the holiday giveaway in honor of his late fiancee' Vicky Colby.
"I know she stayed up one time until midnight Christmas morning to help tag the bikes and take them out," said Rev. Bennie.
He knows what it's like growing up and not having much.
"Had exceptional parents, god-fearing parents, but we just didn't have,” said Rev. Bennie. “And people used to give to me, and I never have forgotten that. I'm not a millionaire, not even close to being a millionaire, but I just want to give back because people helped me."
Whether big or small, Rev. Bennie says he thanks Arkansans for their donations.
"We just thank God for the generosity, because if it wasn't for the generosity, we couldn't have made it possible to get 344 bikes," said Rev. Bennie.
Since Rev. Bennie has started, his non-profit has given away 1,786 bikes.
If you want to make a donation for next year, just call (501) 541-1951.