2015 was yet another banner year for our Music City HOG Chapter charities efforts!!!!!
On November 6th a team from the Boswell’s family of HOG Chapters were invited to Nashville’s North Precinct to make our check presentations for 2015. Through the amazing efforts of our HOG members, riders from other organizations, family and friends during our Annual Toy Parade and HOG Chapter Road Blocks, we were again afforded the opportunity to make donations totaling over $40,000. We were delighted to make a contribution of $21,000 to the Metro Police Christmas Basket Programs and $24,000 to the Fraternal Order of Police Andrew Jackson Youth Camp.
November 7th was a perfect day for the Boswell’s Annual Toy Parade. With many hard working and energetic volunteers on hand, Centennial Park was amass with riders who graciously and generously opened their wallets. With donation buckets overflowing, and a bountiful amount of toys delivered, we were assured of brightening Christmas for many deserving children. The grand total for this days event was $11,348. 05.
November 21st being another incredible day, the intersection fundraising drive began. Roadblocks were scattered across the area and manned with many volunteers. With a tremendous show of support, we grabbed our buckets, manned the intersections, and set out to make a difference. HOG members gathered at Thompson Lane, Harding Place, Rivergate, Madison, Hermitage, and Highway 70. In a 4 hour period, this incredible group of volunteers raised a record amount…..in excess of $42,307.84.
These impressive numbers make all the difference to the Metro Police Department Charities for Children programs that we support. We witnessed this first hand at the Andrew Jackson Youth Camp, the Shop-with-a-Cop event, and on Christmas Eve morning at the Christmas Basket Program. We continue to support these organizations because we want to make a difference in our community.
It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to produce these type results. THANK YOU to all the volunteers who so graciously gave their time and energy towards these very worthwhile endeavors!
Santa’s elves came through again on bright, shiny and loud Harley Davidson’s!
Best wishes for an outstanding 2016!
OUR CHAPTER – OUR COMMUNITY – OUR CHARITIES!
Metro Police Charities Drive Delivers Again
It was a successful Fall for Metro Police Charities Drive!! The Toy Parade & Road Blocks were an outstanding success as Middle Tennesseans responded to the call for help despite — or perhaps because of — the challenging economy.
Thank you to Music City HOG Chapter, Ring of Fire HOG Chapter, Nashville HOG Chapter, Upper Cumberland HOG Chapter, Blue Knights Motorcyle Club and many others for coming out in record numbers.
Music City HOG Chapter is committed to charitable giving in the community we live and ride. Since the inception of our HOG Chapter we have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in our community in order to benefit people in need. Our giving campaigns are lead by our Charities Director with the support and guidance of our Charities Committee and hundreds of chapter volunteers.
We have decided to focus our charitable efforts exclusively through a partnership with the Metro Police Department with an emphasis on underprivileged families and children. The following are the charities we are presently active:
MPD Christmas Basket Program
The Christmas Basket Program began in 1961. When Christmas arrived that year, Sgt. Joe Casey recommended to his fellow officers on patrol that they collect money that might normally be spent on exchanging Christmas cards. That money would be used to purchase food for a needy family in the city. Although the average officer made only about $262 per month, enough was collected for two families to receive one basket of food each.
In 1963, Joy Pike and Carolyn Edwards, both civilian employees of the MPD, using their own money and donations from others, began collecting toys to be delivered with the baskets. Three families received baskets and toys that year. Peggy Williams later joined the “toy team” to add to its tradition.
As each year went by, the program grew as the need for assistance in the community became more apparent. Families are selected based on recommendations from Police officers as they serve the community throughout the year. Careful selection is done to identify the neediest families which include many children. Thrifty buying allows for large quantities of basic foods to be purchased in order to provide 4 bushel baskets of groceries per family.
These baskets and the toys are assembled in a warehouse weeks prior to Christmas. Police personnel as well as HOG members help get all the baskets ready for delivery. Then on Christmas Eve each year all baskets and toys are delivered by 9am. From the generosity and kindness of many the program has grown to the point where it serves over 250 families each Christmas Eve. Over the years Music City HOG Chapter has become the primary funding source of this annual charity.
F.O.P. Youth Camp
Andrew Jackson Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police has a long history of working with underprivileged children in the community. The F.O.P. operates a summer camp program for underprivileged children at its facility in Wilson County, on Old Hickory Lake. The 35 acre property has been developed into a site that has a pool, bunk house, mess hall, ball field and lake access. The week long curriculum of activities is geared to develop team building and break down cultural barriers. The counselors are all police officers working in the community and work to break the stereotype these children normally have of police officers. The camp has 300 campers per summer consisting of 150 boys and 150 girls that alternate weeks in groups of 50 campers over a six week period.
Annual Ride to the FOP Camp
Shop With A Cop
The F.O.P. also conducts a Christmas program for the children identified during the summer camps. Police officers take children to a local department store where they are allowed to purchase a gift for every member in their family and two for themselves. These gifts are wrapped and delivered to the child’s home to ensure that the family will have gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Other Charity events:
Annual ride to Old State Prison
Annual Ride to FOP camp