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Vulcan Riders pleased with growth of annual coat drive

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER

 

“It is growing, and that is all that matters,” Jason Jones, Charlotte Vulcan Riders Association President, said of the VRA’s local annual coat drive which took place this past weekend and included donations from several communities across Lincoln County.

The VRA’s 2nd annual Cruise for Coats event officially culminated on Saturday and resulted in at least 100 coats more than this year’s target goal, Jones said.

Jones, a Lincolnton resident and 2002 East Lincoln graduate, has been over the VRA-Charlotte Chapter for the past two years and has already seen the annual coat drive grow immensely, he said.

He continues to anticipate that the donated items will include at least 500 coats, his personal target goal for the drive. On the other hand, 300 coats is the group’s target goal, Jones noted.

As of Saturday, 410 coats had already been collected with more items pouring in.

“We beat our goal and are getting close to my own,” Jones said excitedly. “All coats and clothes will be spread among families in need all around the area.”

That includes area foster children and residents of the Barium Springs Home for Children in Iredell County.

Following Saturday’s coat drive and Poker Run, which included two stops in Lincoln County and featured live music by Denver-native Randy Allen, the club continues to gather winter weather items, club officials said.

Donations can be dropped off at McKenney-Salinas PowerSports in Gastonia where the local VRA chapter is currently headquartered.

Since Aug. 1, local communities have had the opportunity to donate their outgrown and unwanted cold-weather clothing items at various locations across the region including one drop-off site each in Lincolnton and Denver.

“Tons of people will be helped by what the surrounding community has done over the last two months,” Jones said.

In addition to coats, between 800 and 1,000 pieces of clothing items were collected Saturday.

The Vulcan Riders Association is considered by club officials to be a “family-oriented” riding club rather than a “motorcycle club.”

For more information on the local VRA chapter, contact Jason Jones by email at president@charlottevra.com or by phone at 704-530-4070. Additional details on the club can be found at www.CharlotteVRA.com.

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