Local couple seeking donations for Bicycle Giveaway event to be held on December 12
By Tia Lynn Ivey
A local couple has spent the last five years transforming their grief into generosity after losing their beloved son in 2015.
Russell and Mary Greene have orchestrated numerous charitable events and programs over the years in memory of their late son, Marcus “Trey” Greene who died at age 16 after a lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia and went into heart failure one year after receiving a heart transplant.
Despite the tragic loss of their son, the Greenes have forged ahead these past five years to keep his memory live through doing good in the community. Their latest effort is a Christmas Bike Giveaway slated for Saturday, Dec. 12, in which the Greenes have partnered with community sponsors to give away bicycles to children for Christmas.
“Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, was Trey’s favorite holiday,” said Mary, who is looking forward to seeing children’s faces light up when they receive a new bike. “The excitement of seeing a child happy and smiling on Christmas. Trey loved giving and helping others. Like an angel in disguise, Trey would love to see a smile on a kid’s face for Christmas.”
The Greene family and others would like to give up to 100 or more tricycles, bicycles, helmets and knee pads to any youth in the community, from pre-schoolers to 16-years-old.
“We need help from the community to accomplish this great goal,” said Russell. “If we can help one child to cope somewhere along the way, and give that child direction and love, what more can one life ask for? They are the leaders of tomorrow. Because of our efforts, we are keeping our love alive and passing it on to the next generation.”
The Bicycle Giveaway will be held at noon on Dec. 12 at Bill Wood Park in Madison. The Greenes are trying to raise $7,000 to fund the giveaway. The couple is accepting donations through Dec. 11.
The sponsors making this event possible include: Leola Dunn, Maxie Jones, Pastor Cecil Champion of Clark’s Chapel, NSBC Pastors Roi and Carolyn Johnson, Jim NeSmith of Madison Baptist Church, Greensboro Chief of Police Rodricus Monford Sr., Captain Lee Stancil, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and his wife Marie Perriman, Reverend Dr. Hoke Smith of Calvary Baptist Church, Jones and Turner Funeral Home, Morgan County Commissioner Donald Harris, Brian Flowers or Madison Country Side, Walmart in Madison, the Living Life Team, and Sprinfield Baptist Church, Chris Moon CEO of Harbin Lumber Co., Todd Irvin & Todd Lord, General Managers of Harbin Lumber Co., Michele Hunter, Greg Carretto of North Ga. Cleaning Services, Leon Farmer lll, Certified Roofing & Gutters Inc, Amic’s Mike Torino, Attorney Nancy & Peter Val Predo, and Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Whitfield.
To donate, send checks to Mary Greene at 240 Blueberry Hills Ct. Athens Ga. 30601
To inquire about getting a bike for a child, call (706) 372-1564 to sign up for the event.
“Everyone has come together to make this a great success,” said Russell. “We thank family, friends and other committed supporters for helping to make this effort a success and we thank you for helping us anyway you can, for touching every life, for every thoughtful thing you do and every smile you give. Together the citizens of Morgan and Greene counties can make things happen. It would be lovely to see more kids playing outside, and riding on a bike.”