Veteran-based motorcycle club delivers Christmas joy to family after mom’s unexpected death

The Harlow family greet members of the Keepers of the Second motorcycle club on Saturday at their home in Livingston.

Christmas came a few days early for the Harlow family of Livingston. On Saturday, members of Keepers of the Second, a Houston area motorcycle club, delivered presents for every member of the Harlow family, just a month after mom Sonya died unexpectedly 11 days after giving birth to the couple’s tenth child.

If only for a day, tears of sorrow were replaced by tears of joy and laughter for the Harlow family members. Spencer Harlow, father of the family, was overwhelmed to see the show of support, love and compassion from people he had never before met.

“I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done today. I wish I could. I wish there was something I could do to give back to them,” he said.

Members of the Harlow family were on hand to greet the Keepers of the Second motorcycle club on Saturday.
Before leaving the Harlow home, members of Keepers of the Second join the Harlow family for prayer.

Keepers of the Second’s leaders, Russell and Heidi Fiedler, learned about the Harlow family after reading an article about Sonya Harlow’s passing on Bluebonnet News. The article was picked up by national news organizations, including People Magazine. Russell Fiedler, who works as a surgical tech for the VA Hospital in Houston and is himself a military veteran, said he was compelled by the article to help the Harlows.

“A lot of us in the club are military veterans. We took an oath to protect our country and the Second Amendment. We also look for ways to help out in the community. Everyone in our club is a Christian. We are not a big rich club, but God finds a way to help us with our purpose,” Russell said.

With only two weeks to organize, members of Keepers of the Second sprung into action, getting wish lists from the family members, buying presents and arranging for donations from businesses in the Houston area. Fiedler joked that they kept Amazon’s delivery drivers pretty busy for those two weeks as presents began to arrive at their home.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, about 30 members of the club made the trek to Livingston to deliver the presents and remind Harlow that they were standing alongside him as he gets through his worse moment of life.

“Like Spencer, I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I was a combat medic. One of my biggest fears was not combat itself but rising to the occasion to help one of my brothers,” Russell said. “But today was a great day. We were able to help a brother and his family. It was very heartfelt.”

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. This day was truly a blessing for myself and brought some much needed heartfelt Christmas spirit to a very challenging year.

    Russell “Doc” Fiedler
    Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
    Founding 5

  2. Great story about some generous and caring folks. A mother can never be replaced but for her children to know someone is thinking about and praying for them at this very sad time makes it a little easier to bare. Hats off to the club members and those who donated to/for this family. May your thoughtfulness and generosity be rewarded.

  3. What a Wonderful story! My heart hurt for the family when I saw the article. God Bless you guys and gals for your blessings to this family.

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