Nothing melts a biker’s heart more than a bunch of kids with smiling faces, as evidenced Sunday at the annual school supply distribution event hosted by the Wolf Pack Motorcycle Club of Kenosha Inc. in the Wilson Heights neighborhood.
“That what it’s all about,” club president Shawn “Weeman” Payne said as children started to arrive despite the ominous looking sky. “They look forward to this every year.”
The 12-member club hoped to distribute more than 800 backpacks filled with school supplies at the 10th annual event, held in the parking lot and street at Ken’s Smooth Kutz on 30th Avenue. The school supply drive is sponsored by the Mahone Fund and made possible through many area business sponsors who donate the food.
“It’s all done through donations,” Tyler “Tornado” Northern, the club’s secretary, said.
In addition to the backpacks, free food, a dunk tank, a bounce house and prize giveaways are all part of the fun.
“Hopefully this is a ray of sunshine on a rainy day,” Northern said, adding any leftover backpacks will be made available through the schools.
Pens, pencils, a pencil bag, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, crayons, markers and rulers are among the supplies in the backpacks.
“A lot of us came from families where we were these kids, who maybe didn’t have all the supplies we needed,” Northern said. “It is our hope we can get kids off to a successful start to their school year.”
Ken Kutz, who has been a part of the event since its inception, said it started in response to increased need in the community during tough economic times.
Kandace Young, general manager at Culver’s on Green Bay Road, said she has been providing custard at the event for the last several years.
“I have four kids, and I know how expensive it is to buy school supplies,” Young said. “It’s amazing what they do. It helps parents out so much.”
The school supply distribution is the club’s biggest service project. But, it is not its only one. Northern said the club also conducts canned food and clothing drives and participates through local nonprofit organizations to give to families during the holidays.
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