MIDDLE POINT – On Sunday, members of the White Horse Biker Church located at 303 S. Adams St. in Middle Point handed out food boxes to veterans and those in need. The biker church worked with the Van Wert D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans) to donate the food.
“This is a veteran’s food drive to try to help bless some veterans in the area so they have a little something for the holidays,” said Whitehorse Biker Church Pastor Slowride of the Sunday giveaway.
The boxes were filled with canned goods including canned meat, soups, pasta, and other non-perishables. Through donations, the church received 10,000 pounds of food. They took around 8,000 pounds to a Findlay food bank on Saturday.
“We want to first give to our veterans,” said Slowride. “Then, if there are families we know are hurting because of COVID or have lost their job because of COVID [we will help].”
Slowride said that he knows from experience what it’s like to be in need.
“I hit a deer back in 2000 and broke my leg on my bike,” said Slowride. “I was laid up from July until January. I know what it’s like, and there wasn’t an overabundance of churches [helping]; it was more veterans organizations that came to our aid that paid our heat bill and did different things.”
Slowride, a veteran and member of the D.A.V. himself, said that he feels it’s important to help where he can. Slowride served in the Navy in 1972-1973 near the end of Vietnam.
“As the church grows, we want to do more to help with veterans and help people,” said Slowride. “There are always people who fall through the cracks. They don’t meet ‘this’ criteria or ‘that’ criteria. Well, that doesn’t mean their belly is not empty.”
“Our best example was Christ; He was all about love and compassion and trying to give,” added Slowride. “When He said in the Bible that it is more blesseded to give than to receive, He’s right. He is absolutely right.”
While not required in order to receive a box of food, Slowride encouraged people to visit the White Horse Biker Church and attend a service where all are welcome. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. at the 303 S. Adams St. location in Middle Point, Ohio.
Those who missed Sunday’s pick up can still receive food before Thanksgiving by calling Lacy at 419-778-0416 and leaving a message if she does not answer. Another pick-up day will be slated before Christmas.
Those in need of food this holiday should reach out to the church. Veterans will need to have a copy of their veteran’s card or DD217 and will need to fill out some paperwork.
Slowride said he hopes to see this program grow and encourages others to help support veterans and others in need.