For the sixth year, the 10 members of a motorcycle club in the area traded in helmets for Santa hats.
The Iron Wheels Motorcycle Club will be helping 40 children and teens in Wexford County. The group raises money every year to buy toys and gifts for children between the ages of 20 months and 16 years old who are placed in foster care in the Wexford County area.
Wednesday the group wrapped the gifts that they bought. “We raised between $1,800 and $2,000 and Wal-Mart gave us a discount so it went even further,” said Carl “EZ” King, vice president of the Iron Wheels North chapter. “It’s bigger than last year and it gets bigger and bigger every year.”
Similar to years past, the motorcycle club placed donation cans in various businesses in the community. Likewise, the club also collected donations from various businesses in town as well as from club members.
Unlike years past, the club held a dinner/auction at the American Legion Post No. 94. Because of the dinner/auction the club was able to raise about $1,800 for gifts. The club plans to hold it again next year.
Gifts and/or contributions for Santa’s Helping Hands can be dropped off at or sent directly to the Forest Area Credit Union in Manton, 516 North Michigan Avenue, Manton, MI 49663 year-round. Any monetary donations should be made out to Santa’s Helping Hands.