By Alicia Jaimes Pioneer
BARRYTON — The Sawtooth Wolves Motorcycle Club kicked off the holiday season by donating free turkey dinners to Barryton Elementary families in need.
“The idea came to be when we were discussing how numerous motorcycle clubs do Toys for Tots, but we wanted to do something a little different,” Peggy “Handle It” Bongard, turkey dinner coordinator and Sawtooth Wolves member, said. “We talked about it and decided it would be cool to do Thanksgiving dinners.”
In collaboration with Barryton Elementary School, the group pulled together their own money and purchased a variety of Thanksgiving items, including a roaster, turkey, vegetables, stuffing, family-size instant mashed potatoes and pie.
Barryton Elementary School Principal Amanda Kimball said 33 families were randomly selected to receive their free turkey dinners.
“It’s a community effort,” Kimball said. “Our community really works together, and they do a nice job looking out for one another. This is just a nice way for all of us to partner together and make sure the community is realizing some of the club’s efforts too, it’s a pretty cool thing.”
Being in its second year of providing the dinners, Bongard said last year, the club was able to help 20 families, while this year, they achieved their goal of helping 30 people and then some.
Barryton resident Tanya Brewczynski and her family was one of the many people who received a turkey dinner Sunday afternoon.
“They’re helping so many people. It’s wonderful they’re able to do this for the community,” Brewczynski said.
With 22 people in their club, Bongard said the club is a group made up of people with a common passion, as well as a need to help others.
“If it weren’t for everyone, we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing today,” Bongard said. “It’s just blossoming into this wonderful thing this club has wanted to do for the community. It has meant a lot to all of us to be able to reach out into the community and let them know we’re here for them.”
With their goal of 30 families met, Bongard said a new goal of helping 50 families will be in the works for next year.
“I have no doubt in my mind because of our passion and who we are, that we will be able to do 50 next year,” Bongard said. “We’re small, but we’re mighty.”