PETOSKEY — Local motorcycle group Northern Knights raised $13,967 to provide needy children in Emmet, Cheboygan, Antrim and Charlevoix counties Christmas gifts through The Salvation Army of Petoskey and Cheboygan.
Although it may be surprising to some that a group of bikers has such compassion for children, it comes to no surprise to The Salvation Army since the Northern Knights have been doing this for 32 years now.
This year the money was needed more than ever as The Salvation Army served 162 more children than it did last year because of the abundance of struggling families from the toll COVID-19 has taken on our economy.
Many hard-working families had to reach out for the first time to seek assistance.
“We’ve always done okay… we never had a lot, but we had a little saved and always had enough for vacations and holidays, but since my husband was laid off, we only had enough to pay our bills and are barely able to do that,” said one area mother. “We just didn’t have any extra for Christmas this year. I felt so horrible that I had nothing for my children- my youngest still believes in Santa… what would I tell him?”
The Salvation Army Envoy Greg Irwin said he was very grateful for the Northern Knights who helped provide a very Merry Christmas to many children living in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.
“Some who would not have received any gifts on Christmas morning otherwise; especially this year when the need is greater than ever,” Irwin said. “I pray that 2021 ends this pandemic early on so families and businesses can recover and we are able spend our next Thanksgiving and Christmas together with our loved ones once again without fear of illness.”
In harmonious spirit, Roman Hank added “I wish to thank all the men and women of the Northern Knights MC for unwavering support they give to The Salvation Army of Cheboygan County. We would not be able to provide for the children without you.”
Brian Fettig, president of Northern Knights simply said “we do it for the kids.”
The Northern Knights also thanked the many local businesses who stepped up despite the COVID-19 related economic struggles this year and every prior year they have given, making the event successful over the last 32 years.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible.
Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Source: Gaylord Herald Times