Local bus driver and owner of Sharkey’s seafood restaurant Derrick Williams will help Santa this year by giving 15 bikes to deserving students.
The bikes will be distributed among students at W.L. Swain Elementary, Red Bud Elementary and Sonoraville Elementary School by the school principal.
Parents of the children will pick up the bikes before Christmas Day.
“I’ve just been blessed and want to pass it on,” Williams said. “It makes me real happy.”
Williams, a native of Columbus, understands what is like to live without the basic comforts of life, and he’s been determined to give back now that he is blessed with plenty.
“Nobody had it worse than me,” Williams recalled, of tough years as a youngster.
As a Swain Elementary bus driver, his afternoon route has made him aware of families and children in need in the community.
“Some have and some don’t,” Williams said. “It opens your eyes and you want to give to those who don’t have.”
This is the first season of bike giving, and he hopes to continue helping Santa each year.
W.L. Swain Elementary principal Gina Daniel says they are thankful for Williams giving heart.
“He has a love for children and you see it from his bond with his own child,” Daniel said. “We’re so thankful for his generous gift.”
Williams said he would like to thank Georgia Bank and Trust, Northside Bank of Calhoun, Young Farmers, local restaurants and his customers. All of the bikes were purchased and delivered to the schools this past Monday.