The Mayo Rotarians were all smiles for the Christmas bike giveaway.

MAYO — After months of activity, Santa’s elves — the Mayo Rotarians — were ready last week for an early Christmas.

The Rotary Club of Mayo had gathered 16 new bicycles for elementary school children of Lafayette County, handing the bikes out Dec. 18.

The Christmas bike giveaway is one of the many generous acts of kindness that the Mayo Rotary is able to do throughout the year.

The Rotarians were all smiles as they walked into the room and saw all of the bikes with the tags of all of the children’s names who would be receiving a bicycle for Christmas, in a separate room at the UF/IFAS Lafayette County Extension Office.

Pink bikes for the little girls and racing checkered black, red and white for the boys.

Following the stop at the Extension Office, the Mayo Rotary held its weekly meeting at the River Rendezvous, where special guest Pastor Preston Gainey spoke on the true meaning of Christmas, and the wonderful mystery that is, the love of God.

Gainey spoke about the fact that God is a jealous God, and although He wants us to love Him, He doesn’t need us.

Gainey spoke about the day that Jesus was born of a virgin, being both fully God and fully man, and encountering many of the very same things we go through in our very own lives; deception, betrayal, sadness, happiness, empathy, mourning, exhaustion, hunger, pain, and most of all; love.

Gainey then thanked the Rotary group for accepting him into their meetings, as an experience that he has learned so much from over his course of time attending the weekly meetings, to which was met with equal gratitude from the Rotary members.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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