PETOSKEY — Local motorcycle group Northern Knights raised $13,967 to provide needy children in Emmet, Cheboygan, Antrim and Charlevoix counties Christmas gifts through The Salvation Army of Petoskey and Cheboygan.
Although it may be surprising to some that a group of bikers has such compassion for children, it comes to no surprise to The Salvation Army since the Northern Knights have been doing this for 32 years now.
This year the money was needed more than ever as The Salvation Army served 162 more children than it did last year because of the abundance of struggling families from the toll COVID-19 has taken on our economy.
Many hard-working families had to reach out for the first time to seek assistance.
The Salvation Army Envoy Greg Irwin said he was very grateful for the Northern Knights who helped provide a very Merry Christmas to many children living in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties.
Brian Fettig, president of Northern Knights simply said “we do it for the kids.”
The Northern Knights also thanked the many local businesses who stepped up despite the COVID-19 related economic struggles this year and every prior year they have given, making the event successful over the last 32 years.