Letter: Thank You, Woodlawn Ramblers


The editor,

As the parent of a son who is a resident at Whitten Center, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the care and concern shown in tangible ways by the Woodlawn Ramblers, from Greenwood.  

It was my great privilege to get to meet many of them on Sunday, Oct. 28, for the Bub Lollis Ride. 

Twice a year, these wonderful men and women give both monetary and physical donations to benefit our residents. In years past, they have collected toiletry items, such as deodorant, shampoo, etc. or basic necessities such as socks and batteries. This year, they chose the theme of sports equipment, for which we are very grateful. The money they contribute is used for special events and extras that the state does not provide. Their generous support has been ongoing for almost 30 years!

As greatly as we appreciate the monies and other items collected, the highlight of the day is when these bikers (several hundred strong!) ride through the campus for our residents to enjoy. It is quite an experience to see and hear this large group of bikers parade through every residential building at Whitten Center revving their engines and honking their horns! The residents absolutely LOVED the excitement of the motorcycles coming through right in front of them! Seeing the delight on my son’s face and that of the other residents was such an encouragement to my heart, and it reminded me of the joy that is given and received when we extend love and seek to enhance another person’s quality of life. It means so much that these special folks would take the time to ride through our campus and bring smiles to so many faces!

The logo for the Whitten Center Parents’ Club is “Celebrating Uniqueness in a Circle of Support.” This event was an important reminder to me that underneath the rough exterior of loud motorcycles and leather jackets are some very special, tender-hearted folks who have HUGE hearts for our loved ones. 

We are honored to have this group as a part of our Whitten Center “circle”!  


Lydia Howell
Greenville, SC

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