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Santa’s Little Helpers

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Sheriff Tom Sheahan (back row) gladly posed with the Route 66 Cruizers club   members when they dropped off their Angel Tree gifts at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tom Sheahan (back row) gladly posed with the Route 66 Cruizers club
members when they dropped off their Angel Tree gifts at the Sheriff’s Office.

Kingman, AZ–  66 Cruizers have continued their clubs tradition for 11 years by making Christmas dreams come true for less fortunate children.

Each year, the Sheriff’s Office assists the Salvation Army with a Christmas Angel Tree and the deliveries.

MCSO Spokeswoman Trish Carter said, “The Route 66 Cruizers eagerly kicks off the Angel Tree program at the Sheriff’s Office when they come in and select 15 to 20 children (angel tree tags) from our Angel Tree. That’s a lot of dreams they fulfill for the children.”

According to the John Somplack, President of the Route 66 Cruizers, the club was founded in 2001 by past members Gene Stafford, David Brown, Mark Zimmer, Chuck Olson and Stan Tossle. Years ago the club decided they wanted to do for the community. At that time, the Halloween Bash was started in 2002 and shortly thereafter the club started participating in the Christmas Angel Tree program.

Somplack said, “The club really strives on giving to our community. This is where we live and this is our community. This year club members wanted to do something for the elderly because they often go without. They will be assisting elderly folks at the Desert Highlands in Kingman.”

Pauline Rowe, secretary of Route 66 Cruizers, laughs as she says that she greets new members with a smile and with her hand extended for membership dues. Rowe said, “Each new membership, means one more angel we can get gifts for at Christmas time”.

The main goal of the club is to hang out and help do for the community. The club of 34 members often meets for lunch on the weekends and a few times a year they plan a trip to Seligman or Williams. Majority of the members have older vehicle’s which they cruise in to their destination while some club members cruise in newer cars. This club is unique in itself as they don’t do fund raising events to earn money, instead they use their annual membership fees for giving to the community. For club inquiries, please contact John Somplack at (928) 303-0073 or Pauline Rowe at (928) 692-5122.

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