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‘Biker elves’ will collect toys for children

For the second year in a row, members of the New River Valley Chapter of Bikers for Christ are working to help make the Christmas holiday a little brighter for children in Pulaski County.
During both local Christmas parades, including Pulaski’s parade on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Dublin’s parade on Saturday, Dec. 6, “biker elves” will be collecting toys, which will be donated to the Pulaski County Christmas Store (PCCS).
The PCCS is a non-profit organization which helps local families in need. This past fall, families from Pulaski County had the opportunity to apply for help from the Christmas Store. If they qualified, they will be able to pick out Christmas gifts from the store for their children at no charge.
Eddie Wright, elder of the NRV Bikers for Christ chapter, noted that all of the donated toys they collect will be given to children in Pulaski County.
He said, last year, the NRV Bikers for Christ collected toys for other organizations outside the county, but, this year, they are focusing solely on Pulaski County because they feel that it’s important to help children and families who are in need right in their hometown.
Cindy Taylor, a Bikers for Christ member, made a similar comment as she said their chapter believes charity “starts at home.”
While Bikers for Christ is a nationwide organization, the NRV Chapter of Bikers for Christ is based in Pulaski County.
“We’re not a club or a gang,” said Taylor. “And we’re not just bikers. We’re a ministry. That’s the good part.”
Members of the NRV chapter attend several different churches in the local area, but they gather together on a weekly basis for fellowship events, Taylor explained.
As for the group’s mission, it is to use their motorcycles as a means to “share the love and hope of Jesus to a lost, forgotten and dying world,” according to their website, www.bikersforchristnrv.com.
The NRV Chapter of Bikers for Christ formed in 2007 with Wright as its sole member. Today, the group has 67 members, ranging in age from about 20 to 70.
“It’s a big mixture of people, like a soup,” Taylor said. “But we’re like a family.”
In addition to collecting toys for the PCCS, Bikers for Christ chapter also plans to adopt a few families this Christmas and provide them with a holiday meal and presents, which their chapter did last year, Wright said.
In addition, he said, they hope to be able to make donations to Pulaski Daily Bread, which is another organization they have contributed to in the past.
To help Bikers for Christ in their mission of collecting toys for the PCCS, simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to either the Pulaski or Dublin Christmas parades and hand it off to one of the biker elves walking alongside the Bikers for Christ float and motorcycles.
In addition, toys can be dropped off at toy barrels in the following locations across the NRV: New River Community College, Xaloy, Virginia State Police office in Dublin, Snowville Baptist Church, River of Life Church, Heritage Church, Hilly Haven Market and Mountain Precision Tool Co.

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‘Biker elves’ will collect toys for children

For the second year in a row, members of the New River Valley Chapter of Bikers for Christ are working to help make the Christmas holiday a little brighter for children in Pulaski County.
During both local Christmas parades, including Pulaski’s parade on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Dublin’s parade on Saturday, Dec. 6, “biker elves” will be collecting toys, which will be donated to the Pulaski County Christmas Store (PCCS).
The PCCS is a non-profit organization which helps local families in need. This past fall, families from Pulaski County had the opportunity to apply for help from the Christmas Store. If they qualified, they will be able to pick out Christmas gifts from the store for their children at no charge.
Eddie Wright, elder of the NRV Bikers for Christ chapter, noted that all of the donated toys they collect will be given to children in Pulaski County.
He said, last year, the NRV Bikers for Christ collected toys for other organizations outside the county, but, this year, they are focusing solely on Pulaski County because they feel that it’s important to help children and families who are in need right in their hometown.
Cindy Taylor, a Bikers for Christ member, made a similar comment as she said their chapter believes charity “starts at home.”
While Bikers for Christ is a nationwide organization, the NRV Chapter of Bikers for Christ is based in Pulaski County.
“We’re not a club or a gang,” said Taylor. “And we’re not just bikers. We’re a ministry. That’s the good part.”
Members of the NRV chapter attend several different churches in the local area, but they gather together on a weekly basis for fellowship events, Taylor explained.
As for the group’s mission, it is to use their motorcycles as a means to “share the love and hope of Jesus to a lost, forgotten and dying world,” according to their website, www.bikersforchristnrv.com.
The NRV Chapter of Bikers for Christ formed in 2007 with Wright as its sole member. Today, the group has 67 members, ranging in age from about 20 to 70.
“It’s a big mixture of people, like a soup,” Taylor said. “But we’re like a family.”
In addition to collecting toys for the PCCS, Bikers for Christ chapter also plans to adopt a few families this Christmas and provide them with a holiday meal and presents, which their chapter did last year, Wright said.
In addition, he said, they hope to be able to make donations to Pulaski Daily Bread, which is another organization they have contributed to in the past.
To help Bikers for Christ in their mission of collecting toys for the PCCS, simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to either the Pulaski or Dublin Christmas parades and hand it off to one of the biker elves walking alongside the Bikers for Christ float and motorcycles.
In addition, toys can be dropped off at toy barrels in the following locations across the NRV: New River Community College, Xaloy, Virginia State Police office in Dublin, Snowville Baptist Church, River of Life Church, Heritage Church, Hilly Haven Market and Mountain Precision Tool Co.

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