Bikers bearing gifts a welcome sight

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 31, 2006

Bikers sometimes get a bad rep.

They wear leather and bandannas, ride loud machines and enjoy cruising on a Sunday afternoon.

But this past Sunday morning, a motorcycle fleet from Centreville’s Sandy Chapel United Methodist Church drove to the United Methodist Children’s Home bearing gifts

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– including Bibles – for the residents there.

In celebration of Bikers’ Sunday, Sandy Chapel has been donating gifts to UMCH for two years.

It was about a 45 mile trek from Centreville to Selma as bikers from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Woodstock, Prattville, Clanton and areas in East Central Alabama participated in Bikers’ Sunday.

Gift bags given to the children included various items. In addition, the group presented a check in the amount of $1,248 to the United Methodist Children’s Home.

At Christmas, or after a hurricane, there are always groups that come to the aid of those in need.

And that assistance is welcome.

But this is an example of a group going the extra mile – literally – at a time of year many people don’t think of as a time of need.

Most parents know how much money can be spent in getting a child ready to go back to school.

It’s nice to see a group put together gifts and a donation to help with those expenses.