HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – In Montgomery County, more than 2,000 children are in some way involved with Child Services.
Six hundred of them are actually in custody.
“It’s always about the kids. We want to take care of our kids because that’s the future,” said Keith Tickle as his fellow bikers unloaded toys and bikes they donated.
Tickle says motorcycle clubs from across Ohio came together under a coalition, donating a truckload of toys and more than 30 bikes to Montgomery County Children Services.
Tickle is the president of the U.S. Veterans Motorcycle club says club bonding events helped make this possible.
“I’m sure people have come across events where there is a long line of motorcycles and things like that. Please, if you could, I ask people to have patience with it because it’s a fundraising opportunity to give back to events like this,” said Tickle.
Toys ranged from Barbies and Hot Wheels to baby blocks. But there’s a special reason why the clubs donated to children services.
“We had some individuals that were brought up in some of the foster system. We understand some of the exclusion that sometimes happens to the foster children,” said Tickle.
“It was very overwhelming. We expected a donation. But we had no idea that the donation would be what you see behind me today,” said Jewell Good, the Administrator of Montgomery County Children Services.
The motorcycle clubs hope their efforts go a long way in making children feel the spirit of Christmas as they wait for someone to give them the best gift of all – a new home.
“We might look like Sons of Anarchy or something like that on TV. But we are definitely not that. We are a group of individuals that have like interests and raise money for outreach and community activity,” said Tickle.