Spreading the joy of Christmas… Santa and Ghost Riders make the season brighter

Published 3:18 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021

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Santa came to the children in Elizabethton’s Housing and Development Authority neighborhoods on Monday, but he wasn’t riding in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Instead, members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club led Santa with his helpers through the streets with revving Harley motorcycles and horns blaring to bring children outside to see Santa Claus and receive Christmas gifts.

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“It’s beyond words man to see the happiness on these kids’ faces,” said Carter County Ghost Rider member Nuttin. “They are actually going to get a good Christmas, and that is what we are all about.”

Members of the club conducted a toy drive for two weeks in November and collected more than $20,000 for the effort.

“We love this and we all got the day off so we could come help and deliver the toys,” Nuttin said. “It’s amazing and it means the world to us to be able to do something for the community because without the community this doesn’t work. It’s hand in hand from November until we deliver. We put a lot of work into this.”

Normally, the Elizabethton Housing and Development Authority hosts a Christmas party for the children, but Executive Director Kelly Geagley said that party was cancelled due to COVID.

“We try to have a party for the kids but with this COVID I just made the decision that getting 200 to 300 people in a room like that makes me nervous, so the last two years what we have done is just load up the gifts and go to each child’s home and take them their toys from the Ghost Riders and coats from Witten Huddle,” Geagley said.

“A lot of the kids’ parents tell me that this is all that their children will be getting. This is my favorite time of the year.”

More than 225 children ages 0 to 18 received gifts on Monday.

Geagley said the motorcycle club also delivers gift cards to elderly residents in the housing authority communities.