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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Local motorcycle clubs revved up for charity

  • Wal-Mart shoppers were wide-eyed and curious Wednesday night when the store entrance was suddenly filled with men and women in leather vests that read "Law Dogs" and "Pork Chops."
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  • Wal-Mart shoppers were wide-eyed and curious Wednesday night when the store entrance was suddenly filled with men and women in leather vests that read "Law Dogs" and "Pork Chops."
    But luckily, the group wasn't there to cause any trouble. In fact they were there to do the opposite and spent $2000 on toys and Christmas gifts for local children.
    For the second year in a row, the Gunsmoke Chapter of the Law Dogs, a national motorcycle group made up of law enforcement, fire and EMS, nearly wiped out the toy section at Wal-Mart buying toys to donate to the Dodge City Salvation Army. The group partnered with another motorcycle club called the Pork Chops for the event.
    Jay Taylor, vice president of the Gunsmoke Chapter of the Law Dogs, said all the activities his riders participate in are to benefit various charities.
    "Whenever we get a chance to ride, we'll do it," Taylor said.
    The bikers raised money for the gifts through a poker run they held at the end of September. Last year, the riders spent $1100 on toys for children in need.
    "We enjoyed working with the Salvation Army to donate toys last year, and it was really successful," Taylor said. "It's fun to shop for the toys and things ourselves because we get to see what I guess you could call the 'middle' of the results. When you just give money you don't know exactly where it goes."
    But Taylor and his comrades can be sure they know exactly where their cash is going judging by the care and thought put into the selection of each toy. It's a rare sight to see rough and rugged men with a cart full of Barbies and nerf balls. But the guys from the Law Dogs and Pork Chops were nowhere near as careful about their toy purchases as their female counterparts. Ladies in black vests with nicknames like "EZ Bake" and "Tiny" could be found all over the store delicately choosing between shark or Batman pajamas for little boys and deliberating sizes of Hello Kitty onesies. All of the women's purchases were for specific requests given to the Salvation Army by families through a program called the Angel Tree. In total, 15 Angel Tree requests were fulfilled.
    By the end of the evening, six carts were piled high with everything from power wheels and winter coats to baby dolls and princess dresses. The toys will be given out Dec. 20 by the Salvation Army.
    But the season of giving doesn't end there for the Law Dogs, who for the second year, will prepare an entire meal for a few local families. Last year, meals were given to two families. This year, there will be four.
    "We do a full turkey dinner with all the fixings," Taylor said. "It's an amazing feeling, the gratitude people had for last year's meals. It gave us so much joy we decided to double the number of meals this year."
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