Motorcyclists join together to support local veterans

Christmas presents waiting to be distributed to eager veterans.
Christmas presents waiting to be distributed to eager veterans.

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association came together Sunday afternoon to provide a little extra Christmas cheer to our local veterans. Motorcycle enthusiasts poured in to the Collins Veterans Home along Highway 49, barring Christmas gifts for each of the residents. The goal was to establish a bond between both the young and old vets.

"We had Christmas gifts for all these people. We walked around. We gave a present to each one of them. We had beautiful hats, different types of military hats. So, that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to make a little bond together," says public relations officer, Sebastian Pellerito.

The association's main objective is veterans helping veterans. As a relatively new motorcycle group, they've found this to be a difficult task. The negative connotations associated with motorcycle groups often discourage potential aid recipients despite their good intentions. They hope that through these and other outreach programs, these hurtles can be overcome and their name will be known throughout the state.

"It's hard for us to get close to the groups that we try to get close to. Simply because we are motorcyclists and there is a bad names associated with it, and we are trying to change that. And we truly believe in vets helping vets. That's our sole mission," says Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association's Alan Simmons.

Officials at the Collin's Veterans Home were more the happy to welcome the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Not only did it serve to improve spirits around the home but reminded our veterans that have not been forgotten.

"It means a lot to know that they have the support of the community and that they are not forgotten. That they are appreciated for all they have done in their early life by keeping this county free, preserving our freedom today, so that we can have the freedom that we have," says Director of Veteran Outreach, Jake Sanford.

The motorcycle association continues to make plans to honor and remember our local veterans including the upcoming dedication of a memorial shadowbox at the home. It all goes back to their main objective, veterans helping veterans.