Summer Santa rides for Access Services
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joe and Wendy Seigenfuss, of Tamaqua, ride their 2005 Suzuki Boulevard during the Santa convoy.
Santa, wearing his summer attire, rode shotgun while leading a convoy of about 30 motorcycles during the sixth annual Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson Christmas in July Toy Run.
The ride, held to raise toy donations and awareness for Access Services, stretched through the soft roads around Orwigsburg ending at the Access Services' Orwigsburg office at 340 S. Liberty Street.
Access Services provides services to adults and children with special needs, including in-home supports, respite care services, life-sharing through family living, wraparound services and LIFE day support.
In addition, its mental health wellness center provides evaluation, diagnosis and counseling to more than 800 residents monthly.
"What we do goes back into the community," said Jane Mickonis, Life-Sharing program supervisor.
All toy donations benefit needy children and young adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. The toys are used throughout the year as rewards for clients.
"Toys are also used in our outpatient counseling program," said Sheila Davison, regional coordinator and vice president, Access Services.
"All riders donating toys also received a discount coupon for the store," said Denise Calderone, Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson advertising coordinator and toy run organizer.
"Access Service's desire is to provide support to all area children and their families," Rob Reid, president and CEO, Access Services, said following the run.
Reid also expressed his appreciation to all the volunteers, riders and staff who put the event together.