Bikers honored as South Mississippi Heroes

By Rebecca Powers – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Club Director "Smokey" started the ASGARD motorcycle club in South Mississippi three decades ago with a vision.

"We wanted to help the community and improve the image of bikers," Smokey said.

So the former Airman got his group into its first charity way back then.

Smokey said, "So we started doing the toys for tots, and it turned into the toy run for the ASGARDS."

A few weeks ago, they celebrated their 25th Annual Toy Run with 700 motorcycles rolling in from across the region.

About 1,000 participants helped them fill up an 18-wheeler and three trailers with brand new toys and bicycles for local children who faced an uncertain Christmas.

Smokey said, "It's great, that feeling of giving and sharing and kicking off the holiday season that way. It makes everybody feel good about it."

What many may not realize is these seemingly rough and tumble bikers are extremely caring and generous. All of the toys and cash they donated were brought to Catholic Charities at the Biloxi Diocese who make Christmas possible for hundreds of families.

The Toy Run is just one of many works of charity the ASGARD's perform.

If you think the annual Memorial Day Blowout is all about Harleys, it's not. Guess where all the money goes that is raised there?

"The main charity that we work with is multiple sclerosis, so most of those funds go to the local area," Smokey said. "But we also do the boys and girls club. We are lifetime charter members of the Mississippi Sheriff's camps. We've donated and helped the Make a Wish Foundation, Hope Haven, the Cancer Society of Mississippi and thelist just goes on and on."

It does, that is why the ASGARD motorcycle club has been commended by Formthe listport Mayor Brent Warr and by Mayor A.J. Holloway of Biloxi on behalf of their grateful citizens.

The leather wearing, Harley riding grA. J.are steeped in love of country, community and service to their fellow man.

Smokey said, "We'll work all year long with benefits and charities to help people, and it makes us feel good to help. And it makes them feel good to be helped."

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