The Willamette Valley Victory Riders motorcycle club donated 10 go-bags to the Keizer Police Department for children removed from difficult situations at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 6.
During their Iris Festival Poker Run, the Victory Riders amassed $1,963 dollars in donations to the 4 Kids program, which coordinates distribution of the bags to first responders. The bags contain items like stuffed animals, handheld games and coloring books.
Coordinator Brandon Smith, a former Keizer city councilor, said the effort proved to be a big hit with participants.
“We had people walking up to us and handing us cash for the go-bags. One club from Washington passed a hat and gave us $137,” Smith said.
Smith said the group is donating about 100 bags to local first responders as a result of the success.