Motorcycle Club Delivers Thanksgiving Meals To Those In Need

By Kristin Martin | 

FRANKLIN, Ky. -- The rumbling bikes and the leather jackets -- the Flying Panthers Motorcycle Club in Franklin may seem like a tough group at first glance.

"We talked to a few of them before and they would intimidate you, but when you get up, they're just like teddy bears," said Jessica Bryant.

However, what they're doing for those who need a little extra help this Thanksgiving shows they've got soft hearts.

They're packing up meals, getting on their bikes and delivering them to families who otherwise wouldn't have them.

"We started because of a need in the community and a lot of times everybody's not able to do the traditional things at holiday times because of financial reasons, so we want to make sure we overcome that burden -- don't let money be the issue stopping them from enjoying the traditional holiday values," said Fred Newland, a member of the Flying Panthers.

Each box contains a turkey, three sides and dessert.

"We put them together according to our own personal taste. Like mine has turkey, green beans, corn mashed potatoes and frozen pecan pie in there as well," Newland said.

Their first stop Saturday was Jessica Bryant's home.

"I have been on a disability for a year now and things don't go quite as I plan, so it's helped out a tremendous amount," Bryant said. "I'm a single mom. So it's emotional, it really is."

She said, these days, experiencing giving like that is something to be thankful for.

"It just shows that people still care and you don't get that a lot anymore nowadays," Bryant said.

The club delivered ten other boxes as well.

"As a club it gives a great sense of joy as well to be able to help our community in any way we can. That's basically what good citizens do," Newland said.

This is the 10th year the club has delivered Thanksgiving meals.

Newland said the club raises money throughout the year for needs that may arise in the community -- like giving gifts to needy children during Christmas time.

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