HARKER HEIGHTS — John “Miklo” Gonzales had one goal on Saturday — to fill the stage with donations.
The Faded Spades Motorcycle Club held a toy, clothes and home goods donation drive to benefit Families in Crisis at American Legion Post 573 on Saturday afternoon.
“We are a family-oriented club and whenever we can help out an organization locally, that’s what we do,” said Gonzales, president of the Faded Spades Motorcycle Club.
Families in Crisis Inc. is a nonprofit organization that houses, supports and empowers people experiencing family violence, sexual violence and homelessness.
They also provide outreach services for victims, community education and housing assistance. The shelter has a location in Killeen and in Temple.
According to William Hall, director of operations, 58 people call the shelter home and 39 are children.
“This kind of support helps us out drastically,” he said. “This helps us make Christmas better for them.”
Shakinah Marion, volunteer coordinator, said when families come to the shelter, they are forced to leave everything they have and know behind.
“They pretty much come in with just the clothes on (their) backs and we provide them with the rest of their essentials,” she said. “It means a lot to us to have this kind of community support.”
More than 60 motorcycle clubs from across the state stopped by to support the drive.
“For me, it’s much more than wearing a vest and riding around on a bike,” said Shekeya “Attitude” McCallister, a member of the Black Rollin’ Stonez Motorsports Club. “I am blessed to have what I have, so whenever I can help others who can’t help themselves, I’m all about paying it forward.”
For more information on Families in Crisis, call 254-634-1184.