CLARKSBURG — One local motorcycle club is flexing its heart muscle this holiday season to help give local residents a boost.
The Reservoir Dogs MC, an 18-year-old group that originated in Connecticut's Litchfield County, established a Massachusetts chapter in Clarksburg in 2013. Every year, the club picks a couple of charitable organizations to support around the holiday season, in addition to doing year-round volunteer work.
This year, the group, in partnership with the North County Church of the Rebellion, is looking for the community to help them with a Christmas drive to collect gifts and raise funds, respectively, for Berkshire Community Action Council's Giving Tree Holiday Elf Warm Clothing Drive and PopCares Inc.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, group members will be at 28 Cross Road in Clarksburg collecting donations of hats, gloves, coats and toys for BCAC, and cash or checks for PopCares. In exchange, anyone who shows up can enjoy a photo op with Santa Claus and his elf, as well as have doughnuts, apple cider and coffee with club members.
The BCAC program collects new, warm winter clothing to give to hundreds of local children whose families are facing financial hardships.
PopCares provides financial and other kinds of support, like transportation and deeds of goodwill, for local cancer patients; more than 300 people to date.
"That's what it's all about; helping families in need," said drive coordinator Gene Sabastino. "Every year we give to local families in our community. Last year our Christmas drive supported the Louison House. We had a great time with it and this year we're hoping to do the same."
Anyone who can't make the Sunday drive can drop off donations at any time at Lick's Cycles, 466 Horrigan Road, or call Sabastino directly at 413-743-2403 to arrange a pick-up.
Sabastino said of this year's beneficiaries, "They are both great organizations who help those in need, and your donation, no matter how big or small, will help make a difference."