Papillion Sanitation workers delivered 25 bicycles with helmets to local children Dec. 23 as part of their “Christmas Promise” program. Santa himself traveled along with the employees to make these very important deliveries.
The bicycles were provided due to the generosity of Papillion Sanitation employees who raised money throughout the year in order to fund the cause and Papillion Sanitation’s matching contributions.
The twelve families were selected at random from a list of nominations received at area churches and businesses in December. Many of them did not know who had nominated them, but they were very appreciative of the bicycles.
Mindy Thorne’s three children received bicycles, and she said, “It made Christmas super fun for the kids. They had no idea Santa was coming or that they were receiving bikes!”
Cadence, Owen, and Mason all have had bikes, and they were in need of bigger ones. The Christmas Promise delivery came at a perfect time.  “They were all very surprised and excited… It definitely made a great Christmas!” Mindy added.
Jenna Halvorsen’s two children, Jaxson and Saphira, also received bicycles.  They have not had bicycles since theirs were damaged.
When the Christmas delivery came, the kids were incredibly grateful.  Halvorsen said, “Jaxson ran outside as fast as he could and ran up to Santa and gave him a big hug and said thank you so much!  Saphira ran with Jaxson and they both were so shocked that Santa brought them new bikes.  The kids kept saying thank you so much and Merry Christmas!”
This was the fourth year of Christmas Promise with Papillion Sanitation, but it was the first time they did it in Syracuse.  
Families and children were incredibly thankful to receive these bicycles just in time for Christmas, and it was a great day for the employees who spent the afternoon making the deliveries.