Motorcycle club spends $6K on gifts for area kids

MARQUETTE — It was all hands on deck Friday night at one store in Marquette, where a motorcycle club spent thousands of dollars on Christmas gifts for kids.

Members of the Highland Motorcycle Club had a Christmas Wish List as big as Santa’s at Shopko. For the past 18 years, the club has held a live auction in October to raise money for this event.
They raised nearly $6,000 in this year’s auction to buy Barbie’s, basketballs, Nerf Guns and more to take sure that every child in the area gets what they want for Christmas.

“We had some donations from local businesses and organizations that help us out. If it wasn’t for the community we wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Peter Heikkila of the Highland Clan Motorcycle Club. “We don’t even know any of them that get it and we don’t really care about that. It’s just giving back to the community. Like I said if it wasn’t for the community supporting us, we wouldn’t be able to do this for them.”

Over the years, the Highland Motorcycle Club has purchased $65,000 in Christmas gifts.