Black Hills bikers play santa to nursing home residents - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills bikers play santa to nursing home residents


Bikers are known for their tough exteriors. But some motorcycle riders in the Black Hills would rather play Santa than the Grinch this Christmas.

Black Hills Area Bikers wrapped Christmas presents Tuesday night at the Rapid City Harley Davidson for those that tend to be forgotten at Christmas time --nursing home residents. The group, which consists of 12 organizations, raised $6,000 from fundraisers to cross items off the wish lists of senior citizens.

Group members went shopping for items at Kmart Monday, so that they could box and wrap the gifts which will head over to area nursing homes.

"We buy presents for between 150–200 residents in nursing homes that don't have family left," said Darlene Gilby, Black Hills Area Bikers President. "We don't want anybody going without a present during Christmas time."

So far, none of the residents have asked for a motorcycle but one has requested a bike ride through the hills. The Forgotten at Christmas project has been on–going for the last 30 years.


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