Saugus Real Estate company owner credits his personal ties to the Fire Department with donation of 18 bikes to toy drive
Eighteen Saugus kids whose families can’t afford to buy them much for Christmas this year will be receiving brand-new trail bikes as presents because of Keith Littlefield’s personal connections with the Saugus Fire Department. “We’ve been doing well in the business, so I wanted to give back to the kids in a unique way,” said Littlefield, who’s owned Littlefield Real Estate in Saugus since 2007.
“Both my father and brother were Saugus firefighters, so that’s why I wanted to do something with the Saugus Fire Department Christmas Toy Drive,” Littlefield said in an interview this week.
Littlefield’s dad is retired Saugus Firefighter Robert Littlefield, who was a member of the Saugus Fire Department for 29 years. Littlefield’s brother Kevin served 27 years as a Saugus firefighter before retiring.
A few weeks ago, Littlefield made a phone call to Retired Saugus Fire Capt. Bill O’Malley, who initiated the toy drive 30 years ago and has been coordinating it ever since. “I asked Bill O’Malley if we could help, and I thought about doing the bikes,” Littlefield said. “I just figured it’s a good-sized gift – and not a board game,” he said.
“It was just a few months ago that I was thinking about this. And after I made the call to Capt. O’Malley, it all came together pretty quickly,” Littlefield said.
“Last Friday [Dec. 16] he called me with a list of 18 names from six or seven different families. I grabbed the bikes Saturday and Sunday, and now I’m delivering them to the Fire Department today [Wednesday, Dec. 21],” he said.
Capt. O’Malley gave Littlefield a specific list for kids, from three years old to age 16. Twelve were boys; the rest were girls. “The list of kids was specific to the bikes we picked up, along with the color and the size,” he said.
Littlefield Real Estate, with 18 agents, has an office at 38 Main St. in Saugus and another office in Lynnfield.
Littlefield, who was born in Saugus and spent most of life in town, moved to Lynnfield about six years ago. He and his wife Karen have two daughters: Khloe and Kasey.
Littlefield said he’s satisfied with the way things worked out with his company’s involvement in the toy drive this year and looks forward to participating again. “Next year, with more organizing, we could make it an even bigger event,” Littlefield said.
“I can see us getting double and triple the amount of bikes,” he said.