Thu. Jan 27th, 2022

Richland County Children Services’ Kinship families and local families received free turkeys at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church at 275 Grace St. on Saturday.

Bringing the turkeys were members of the Black Hatchet Motorcycle Club of Galion.

The turkeys were unloaded from the back of a car and were not strapped onto the members’ Harleys for safety reasons.

More than 200 children are living in Kindship homes, being raised by their grandparents or other relatives, according to Brigitte Coles, spokeswoman for children services.

Shawn Walls of Galion, a member of the motorcycle club, said the group wanted to help others and wants to do charity work in area communities.

Anthony Spencer, who works at Richland County Children Services helping individuals in sobriety treatment who want to get back with their children, was glad to help.

Spencer said he is a probationary member of the motorcycle club, as he helped carry food boxes and hand out turkeys.

The club’s Harley-Davidson motorcycles filled up the church parking lot.

Miki Zeigler of BrightView, an outpatient addiction treatment center at 580 Park Avenue West, also came to help out.

She said so many people are in need of assistance.

Mount Sinai Baptist Church operates a food pantry the third Saturday each month along with a clothes closet.

Coles said so many people from different walks of life came together Saturday to help others.

“This is love,” she said from the church parking lot.

“For those families who can’t afford to buy a turkey, the Black Hatchets Motorcycle Club stepped in to help,” Coles said. “RCCS is thankful for the generous donations from our community.”

Jim Shiley of the Black Hatchets said he lives in Findlay and wanted to help out as he loaded boxes into peoples’ vehicles.

Families thanked everyone after being given help.

“Happy Thanksgiving,” one elderly woman said, waving and smiling.

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