Bikers Have the Holiday Spirit

Jerry Walch By Jerry Walch, 19th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/47cuj-a1/
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Most people when they think of motorcycle clubs, think of the Hells Angels or some other outlaw motorcycle gang. Perhaps some people thought that way when hundreds of leather wearing motorcyclist wove their way through the streets of Minneapolis earlier this month, leading the way for a truck filled with toys for the Salvation Army Toy Shop. Motorcyclist came from all over central Indiana, bringing toys to Everett’s Sugar Shack to be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program.

The Circle City Toy Ride

Because of his mother, a volunteer with the Salvation Army, Ron “Bumper” Herron organized the Circle City Toy Ride nineteen years ago. That first toy ride was so successful that it has become an annual event. Every fall motorcyclist from around central Indiana join forces to collect toys and deliver them to the Salvation Army so that the children of the working poor could have a happy Christmas. As Ron explained to a writer for the Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good, “It just means giving back to the community. I was raised that way. These people are like that. Everybody out here is misjudged. Just because they wear black leather and ride a motorcycle, they don’t think they’ve got big hearts like they do. And that’s the reason I’m doing this, because these people out here help me.”

Major Barb MacLean Went Along on the Ride

This year Salvation Army Major Barb MacLean donned a helmet and went along on the ride, riding on one of the trikes. “It was amazing, and it was so exciting to ride with the group today giving toys,” said Major Barb, after arriving at the end of the ride at The Salvation Army headquarters on North Meridian Street. “To see all the bikers in front, and all of them behind me, hearing them and just knowing that they were doing this for somebody else. This was a fun day of giving back to their community!”

From 12 Riders to 300 Riders

During the first year 12 riders collected 22 toys, but this year there were over 300 riders who collected roughly 1,000 toy to donate. Ron expressed it this way. “I know that at some point on Christmas Day, I know everybody here is going to get a little smile on their face because of what they did today.” After their successful ride, the riders rendezvoused at Everett’s Sugar Shack for a hog roast and live music. The owner of Everett’s Sugar Shack offers his establishment to the riders every year for the event because he remember how the Salvation Army showed up at his house with food and toys when he was just a little boy, remembering how they helped his family during hard times.

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Bikers, Charity, Holiday Spirit, Motorcyclist, Salvation Army, Toy Colection, Toys, Working Poor

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author avatar Jerry Walch
Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Good morning, Jerry; thanks for another article on the giving spirit. I have several friends in recovery who, like some in the photos, look like the poster child for tattooed scary biker. However, they are like the people in Indiana, and ride for good causes. Unfortunately, we still tend to judge a book by its cover without taking the time to either read or know the character of someone. Shared. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Unfortunately you are right, Marilyn, we do tend to judge a book by its cover.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Who knew bikers had such generous hearts? I agree with Marilyn's insightful comments above: it's so easy to judge people by their appearance. You can't tell the size of someone's heart just by looking at them. Sharing now.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Unfortunately bikers are frequently misjudged today. Most bikers today are just looking to have a good time riding their bikes and not out looking for trouble, but many people see a group of bikers and see the Hells Angels in their mind's eye. Their are many biker clubs here in the Springs that, like the ones I highlighted in this article, do a lot of good--most of them being active or retired military.

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author avatar Retired
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Great article on the Hell's Angels bikers ...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Sorry Starlleena, these weren't Hells Angel Bikers.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Wonderful article Jerry. Reminds me of the time when I used to cycle a lot.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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