Motorcycle club hosts Pack the Pantry event

Members of the Strength and Honor Motorcycle Club are joining forces with the Restore Hope House in Strasburg on Saturday to raise food and money to help needy families celebrate Thanksgiving.

The motorcycle club, composed of current and former law enforcement officers, soldiers and fire and rescue members, will host a Pack the Pantry event outside of the food pantry at 117 E. King St. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Club member and event organizer Curtis Toy said he and his club organized the event because everyone deserves to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, regardless of their financial situation.

“There’s hundreds and hundreds of people in the area who need food for their Thanksgiving dinner,” he said. “Holidays are the most important time people can have, we want to help them have that at a family event.”

According to Toy, this is the second year the club has staged the event. Last year it gathered enough to feed more than 100 people for the holiday.

Toy said that while the pantry is accepting perishable donations, non-perishables or cash are preferred. He also said the pantry can provide receipts for donations for tax purposes.

Elaine Forte, food pantry cofounder and director, said she has already begun to receive donations for the event, including a hefty shipment from the Defenders of Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

Forte said that this being the second year of the event, she’s hoping for an even more bountiful year than 2015. She said she encourages anyone to donate because too many families in the area can’t afford the pleasure of enjoying the annual familial feast.

“Just being a part of a community is helping needy families,” she said. “There are a lot of them in the area who don’t have the pleasure of sitting around the table at Thanksgiving dinner. We’re helping them have some of the same blessings as we do.”

More information about the event can be found at the Restore Hope House’s Facebook page at http://tiny.cc/8y9zgy.

As Forte said, the whole point of the holiday is being thankful for what you have and helping out those in need.

“Helping out is what it’s all about,” she said.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com