Tonight a few folks from church joined together with some of the Cincinnati Teamsters Motorcycle Association to help stuff and pack backpacks that will be delivered to the kids at Pine Ridge this July. We put a lot of sweat and some blood into the job but we "got 'er done" ... well, almost. We packed 547 before we ran out of boxes. We'll get more boxes next week and will finish up the rest for a total of 600.
Now, on a personal note ...
I LOVE THIS!
I love it because some kids who wouldn't otherwise have school supplies will now have them.
And I love it because this endeavor draws people from all walks of life together. We were supposed to have some of the businessmen here tonight too but they couldn't make it. Now where else would you find bikers and businessmen and church people hanging out together? At my house, right? Seriously, I love that.
And I love it because this was just some crazy idea I had some years ago and it is the most amazing and humbling thing to see so many people give thousands of dollars and so much of their time to make it happen for the kids at Pine Ridge. Who'd have thunk it?
And I loved it when they all paused and reved their bikes in front of a certain neighbor who has been a cranky old man for far too long. Harleys are loud anyway but when they want to be really, really loud its something you've just gotta hear. ;)
Is that a motley crew or what?
- My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.