SNAPSHOTS: Christmas in July benefit will help Shop With a Cop

Santa Claus, riding a Harley Davidson with an elf on the back, led a pack of motorcycles through town on the way to Clay City Sunday afternoon as part of the Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 Christmas in July benefit to support the local Shop With a Cop program.

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An unusual sight took place at the corner of State Road 59 and United States 40 Sunday after, as motorists watched Santa Claus riding a Harley Davidson with an elf on the back lead a pack of motorcycles through town.

Participants checked in with the elves before leaving for the Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 Christmas in July benefit ride to support the local Shop With a Cop program.

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It was the third annual Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 Christmas in July motorcycle ride to benefit the local Shop With a Cop program.

“We are a non-profit organization and we do lots of fundraising events through out the year for different charities and people who need help for various reason,” said Eagles Riders Vice President Robbie Litz before the event took place. “This one is special, because it’s all for the less fortunate kids in our community at Christmas time.”

These elves were busy making sure all the participants were registered not only for the benefit ride, but also for the silent auction, the 50/50 drawings and other fun activities during the Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 Christmas in July benefit Sunday afternoon.

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The Brazil City Police Department organizes the annual event which has officers from the BCPD, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Clay City Police and staff members of the Clay County Jail and numerous other volunteers help create special holiday memories for local children of families who need a little help during the holiday season.

Santa Claus and his elves helped with the 50/50 drawing before the benefit ride began shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday.

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In 2016 Police Chief Clint McQueen said 80-100 children went shopping with $ 100 each during the two-night event that also featured a small party with snacks, holiday cartoons and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who also brought stocking caps for all the children.

And the winner of the 50/50 drawing was… the lucky elf holding the bucket.

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“I haven’t had children myself, but I love kids,” said Litz, who has had made sure Santa Claus comes to town for the past three years by donning the red suit himself. “This is all about making sure children have a better Christmas”

With Santa leading the way during the motorcycle ride Sunday afternoon, Litz said the heat really won’t be a factor.

Santa Claus along with his elves posed with a picture will all his helpers before climbing upon a motorcycle to start the 2017 Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 Christmas in July benefit ride.

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“People have been saying ‘Oh you’ll burn up,’ but being that this is for the kids the heat won’t bother me a bit,” Litz said about the ride to Clay City to stop at Glory Days, then on to the Terre Haute Eagles post, off to Twiggy’s in Seelyville and then home to the Brazil Eagles aeries located at 122 East National Avenue, Brazil, for more fun.

Organizers of the annual Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 Christmas in July benefit ride to support the local Shop With a Cop program were hoping for at least 50 riders, this is only a portion of the more than 60 motorcycles involved in the ride through Wabash Valley Sunday afternoon.

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“There’s a silent auction, 50/50 drawing and entertainment by Jamming Jeff’s Karaoke out of Terre Haute, who volunteered his time for this event,” Litz said. “If people want to drop off a donation, they can anytime here are the Eagles. There’s always someone available after 10:30 a.m., who will know about this event, and can help make sure the donation gets where it needs to be.”
Litz said once all the collections have been counted the group will present the money to Brazil City Police, and stressed, “Every bit of the money raised from this event will be given to the kids.”

The Brazil Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders #274 is located at 122 East National Avenue, Brazil, with the entrance and parking available in the back, just off S.R. 59. The group will accept donations until Thursday, August 3, in support of the local 2017 Shop With a Cop program.

Enjoy these SNAPSHOTS and a video from this event.

Even Santa Claus knows to wear sunscreen while out riding a motorcycle on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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