GREENSBURG – New Breed’s Santa’s Cause for Christmas may only be helping a few families this year, but they have spent most of 2013 preparing for the years to come.
Many may remember the ill-fated Santa’s Cause from years past. A Grinch decided to steal money that was intended to buy Christmas gifts for Decatur County children. After that, the charitable cause was disbanded – until now.
The Daily News spoke with New Breed Founder Robert Dewhurst and Vice President Wayne Maple to learn more about what the bikers of the charitable organization have been planning.
“We are keeping our promise to the people of Decatur County to restart Santa’s Cause,” Dewhurst said.
He added that New Breed wants the community to know what New Breed is doing and why they’re doing it. He said that in addition to the charity rides the group does for specific reasons, all other fundraising efforts have been going toward getting New Breed’s 501-C3 tax exempt non-profit status.
Maple said having the non-profit status will set New Breed up as a legitimate charity and will allow them to be eligible for more and larger donations. After the cost of filing for tax-exemption, New Breed decided to use all leftover money to restart Santa’s Cause on a smaller scale this year. Next year, Dewhurst said the group’s goal is to raise $15,000 to use for presents.
Saturday and Sunday, the bikers of New Breed delivered gifts and clothing to two or three families in Decatur County, dropping off a healthy dose of Christmas cheer along with packages for six-to-ten children.
Dewhurst and Maple agreed that New Breed just wants to help people and are hoping others will know that help is available. Bikers often get a bad reputation based on the actions of a few individuals and New Breed seeks to change that. In fact, even the club’s name reflects their desire to be different.