Gently used kids’ coats may be donated by Nov. 11 at Lil' Charlie's, Batesville; Lee's Country RV, Twin Oaks; Bonaparte's Retreat, Napoleon; Osgood Grub Co., Osgood; Hog Rock, Milan; Permanent Impressions Ink, Versailles; and Vibe Records, Greensburg. Monetary donations for this and other efforts can be made to any of the members.
Social media is the way officers get the word out about projects. After members learned a friend’s dad needed expensive liver transplant medicine and put it on Facebook, $4,800 was raised in a week, according to Denny.
Infamous Few Ripley County is a diverse bunch. "We have a nurse, tattoo artist, business owner, chef, factory worker and EMT. The things that bring us all together are the love of motorcycles and the desire to help out those in our community.”
Established in 1998, the Franklin County HOBOS (Helpers on Bikes Organization) “primarily concentrate on the children, our future, but as we continue to grow, we would like to help anyone that is in need of assistance,” reports volunteer Kim Buckles.
Last year the 25 or so active members sponsored 120 Franklin County children at Christmas. The list is compiled after members meet with the local Department of Child Services and county school administrators.
An upcoming annual county ride funds the project. “It may be very chilly out, but our hearts are filled with warmth.”
The Bikers for Tykes Ride/Dinner/Dance is Saturday, Nov. 24. Sign-ups will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Restaurant, Brookville, and kickstands will go up at noon. There will be a party bus provided for those who cannot bike, but still want to participate. The ride will return to the Brookville American Legion around 6 p.m. for a dinner. Music by The Renegades and dancing will begin at 8 p.m. Fees are $10 for a single rider, $15 for a rider with passenger and $5 for the dance only.