It’s the Christmas season and all across LaGrange and Troup County, there are different events and charity drives coming to life in order to try and make sure that no one has to go without during this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Luncheons are being hosted, gatherings are coming together, and people are truly showing their love and support for those across the community that need their help this holiday season. This past Saturday afternoon, November 18th, the engines were revving and the bikes were on full display as the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club came together for their annual benefit ride to support the toy drive efforts of D.A.D.
D.A.D, or Defending America’s Defenders, is a local non-profit that seeks to take care of all of our veterans that have fought and served our country in the fields of war. Throughout the year, they host several different events that raise funds that are used directly for the purpose of helping our veterans that are trying to get back up on their feet. This time of the year, the group at D.A.D shifted their focus to helping kids by collecting toys to give out to those in need. They enlisted the help of some very special local clubs to help them meet their goals.
The Iron Cross Motorcycle Club, the Knights of Solomon club from Hamilton, Georgia, and several other clubs were represented at this special event this past Saturday. There were many bikes on location at the Iron Cross club house that morning, the start of the benefit ride. The ride would end at the Knights of Solomon location in Hamilton. The entry fee for the ride this year was one unopened toy for a donation. There was also a raffle held with some incredible prizes, including a custom built ‘87 designed by Art Dunnier of AD1 Originals. The bike was won by Retired SFC George Nicholson, a veteran that is still currently serving in Iraq as a civilian. At the end of the day, the group had raised over $4,000 through the benefit.
There were a lot of people involved that made this benefit ride so successful for D.A.D. The Guardians club helped with food as they do each year. Global Beverage, the White Tail Pub, Collision Customs and Rods, Eclipse Window Tinting, Hamms and Hoggs, Fat Daddy’s, Chattahoochee HD, IMOG Pawn, Hog Heaven, and Aart Aaccent Tattoo are all local businesses that got involved with the action and supported the cause. The Iron Cross benefit ride for D.A.D will continue to grow year after year and raise funds for every child to have a special Christmas each and every year.