Pit Bull Motorcycle Club shares Thanksgiving meal with Hahn Village residents
Members of the Pit Bull Motorcycle Club of Aiken like to ride, but just as much, they like to give back.
Club members lived their motto Sunday, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for residents of Hahn Village. The feast included lots of ham, six turkeys, dressing, macaroni, string beans - all the traditional side dishes of fall’s signature meal – and cake.
“Everybody is welcome, and anyone who comes in gets fed,” said Michael Walker, the club’s founder and president, adding he and his 22 other members usually feed more than 100 people every year.
The club, which organized in 2007, has been sponsoring the annual Thanksgiving meal since 2009.
“When I see little kids running around - and a lot of times, they’re hungry - it makes me feel sad, but when we come out and do the things we do, it’s a joy,” Walker said. “It makes us feel good, too. We know that times are hard now, and a lot of people don’t have the funds to be able to sit down and have a good dinner. Today, we can have a good meal, sit down and communicate, and that’s what it’s all about with us – enjoying.”
Last week, the club joined with other clubs out of Columbia for a Thanksgiving meal at apartments in the New Hope community in Graniteville and will work with other clubs in the motorcycle alliance to provide toys for children for Christmas.
“What we do in our organization is always give back because it was built on honesty and trust – brotherhood and sisterhood,” Walker said.
The club recently added a Female Lady Pit Bull Motorcycle Club and a social club to add to that sisterhood.
Queen Donaldson, president, said the new organization will focus on the needs of children and women, including issues that affect them both such as domestic violence, abuse and single parenthood. She said she plans to hold a coat and clothing drive soon for the homeless and anyone who needs warm clothes for the winter.
“Most of us ladies have always been part of doing community service,” Donaldson said. “Now there’s a family of us, which means we can branch out and greater things. We need to help each other.”
The women’s club share the same goals as the men’s, Walker said.
“This is what our whole organization is built on: giving back, riding, enjoying ourselves, going from city to city and loving our brothers and sisters around the world,” he said.