By William Cennamo | DFW Newsflash | December 2019
Fort Worth—More than 200 bicycles were donated to Toys for Tots by Lockheed Martin employees during their annual holiday parade on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Ten lucky kids from the Jane Justin School were invited to join in the parade and choose a bicycle to take home.
As part of the festivities, the employees had a bike decorating contest, where groups of workers created unique designs for each bike. From Pixar’s ‘Up’ to ‘Star Wars,’ the bikes were intricately decorated to show off the employees’ creativity. The winning bike was based on the popular video game ‘Fortnite’ and included a stuffed rider decked out in Fortnight battle gear.
The bikes were paraded down the hallways of Lockheed Martin as employees stepped out of their offices, clapping along the way. Santa and Ms. Claus led the parade followed closely by the Brewer High School drumline.
Mike Glass, director of engineering operations at Lockheed, presented the company’s donations.
“There’s no better time than during the holidays to lend a hand to your fellow neighbors and community,” Glass said. “Just seeing the smiling faces of these kids makes it all worth it.”
The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard was also on hand to support their Toys for Tots organization.
Along with the bicycles, employees donated over 3,500 toys and $13,000 in cash donations to Toys for Tots, Lockheed Martin added an extra $100,000 to that total. Glass also presented a $10,000 check to the Goodfellow Fund, a charity that helps families buy clothes and shoes for school kids in Tarrant County.
“It all makes me so happy,” Susan Wright, a Lockheed Martin employee, said. “The employees here are so dedicated and generous. It makes all of us one big happy family.”
Every year, Lockheed Martin employees hold fundraisers and holiday charity events throughout the year to raise money for local organizations.
After the presentation, the kids had their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
“The spirit of giving is strong,” Santa said. “There’s nothing more important to the holidays than giving to those in need.”