Motorcycle club carries on tradition of supplying area children with Christmas gifts | Local News

ANDERSON — Early Saturday afternoon, the roar of more than 40 motorcycle engines revving to life echoed across the city’s downtown, signifying the renewal of a holiday tradition that will make Christmas merrier for hundreds of children in Madison County.

Under a cloudless sky, riders pulled away from the Anderson Eagles Lodge on Meridian Street to begin the Rockin’ Toy Ride, a nearly three-hour circuit of businesses in and near the city. Organizers included a large pickup-drawn trailer in the caravan which would hold donations of toys, bicycles and other gifts to be transported to Operation Love Ministries, where they will be organized and distributed later this week.

“It’s nice being able to help with whatever you can,” said organizer Dustin Rehmel, a member of the Chosen Brothers Motorcycle Club. “We’re just trying to make sure we can help the community.”

The Chosen Brothers stepped in to keep the toy

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Sorry Souls Motorcycle Club helps families in need share gifts this holiday season | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG — A few years ago, the Sorry Souls Motorcycle Club Christmas toy event brought some joy to the lives of a few local families, relying on the donations brought in by the club holiday party.

Now, it’s fourth year in the current rendition, the drive is touching the lives of hundreds of local children and families as all the local Sorry Souls chapters work throughout the year to make sure Christmas will be merry for as many as possible.

“When I got into the club the first year, we did the toys that we brought in at the Christmas party, and it was a small thing,” club member Longshot said, nodding at the admission fee for the club holiday party, either a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation.

At the time, fellow club member Stone was just taking off with his autism fundraiser through the club, one that it

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