Black Hills Area Bikers purchase Christmas presents for the ‘forgotten’

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Many will travel to share their company and gifts with friends and family this holiday season - but those living alone may feel forgotten. One local biker group made sure to remember those flying solo.

Black Hills Area Bikers (BHAB) browsed the aisles of Kmart Monday evening during their annual “Christmas for the Forgotten” event. There, they looked for the perfect gifts for residents stuck at assisted living facilities during the holidays. That's roughly 200 Black Hills residents.

Gifts were requested by each nursing home’s activity director. Kmart provided the bikers with a 10 percent discount on every purchase.

While some people dislike Christmas socks as a present, BHAB said those are a common request.

“Most of them want pajamas, sweatshirts, warm blankets, fuzzy socks … smelly body lotion,” said Darlene Gilby, president of BHAB. “Simple things like that, we kind of take for granted. But that’s what most of them ask for.”

BHAB will hand deliver the gifts to assisted living facilities on Wednesday.

Eleven motorcycle groups hold membership within BHAB. They hold their “Ride For The Forgotten Poker Run” twice a year to raise money for the event. Monetary donations from other organizations also help.

All money left over is donated to the local Meals on Wheels Association.

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