By Laurie Montoya, President Founder of BikerDown Foundation
BikerDown Foundation is in our 9th year of Adopting Families for the Holidays program in Colorado. The program started with the desire to help 2 motorcycle families that had suffered a tragic loss due to a motorcycle fatality. While we knew we couldn’t replace the loss they were feeling, we could ensure that the family wasn’t alone and that the children had Christmas under the tree.
The Adopt-a-Family program has helped almost 500 families over the years, and the need for families in the Denver and surrounding areas continues to grow as rent and the cost of living increases. 2020 and now in 2021, families have not recovered fully because of the pandemic, and Christmas presents are just not in the budget for their children.
As we enter the holiday season, many begin to feel joy and excitement as we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, many families in our community start to WORRY about how they will make their children’s Christmas wishes come true.
This year, the Adopt-a-Family program goes back to our grassroots and has limited each state to 25 (in Colorado 35) families to ensure that we meet our fundraising goal. We see this as a challenging year for all.
BikerDown, with the help of Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden, will host a Freezin for a Reason, Chili Cook, off and Toy Drive on December 4th, and we ask all attendees to bring an unwrapped toy or donate $10.00 to taste the chili. All teams are encouraged to pre-register for this event, and we will have great prizes for the winners.
All of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of Walmart, Rider Justice, BikerDown sponsors, riders, and our biker-owned business supporters, and each family receives a $250.00 Walmart gift card. Adopt-a-Family has a direct line to Santa Claus, and he always comes to visit the children and bring some gifts for them.
WILL YOU DONATE TODAY? Adopt-A-Family is taking donations on our website www.adoptafamilytoday.org. If you would like the meet the families, and read their stories, you can view that on our Meet the Families page on the website link listed above. You can also scan this QR code that will enable you to donate quickly and easily.