Motorcyclists raise funds for school supplies

Alisa Boswell

Roosevelt County school districts have $2,000 more in school supplies for the upcoming new school year because of a local motorcycle group, the Iron Sons.

Kathy Carmichael, a member of the group, said the club originated in Germany and formed in the U.S. in 1990. It has chapters in Texas and New Mexico, totaling about 500 members for the group, with 30 of the members in Roosevelt County.

“We have monthly meetings with all the club members and the first thing on the list was a school supply drive,” Carmichael said. “We just decided to do it. There was really no particular reason. We’re just a club that decides to work together to do something worthwhile.”

Paul Martin, another member, said the school supply drive was the first of what they hope will be many events they will do to give back to the community.

“I never would have thought it would have went that well,” Carmichael said. “It was really nice to see how everybody was willing to donate and how much they would donate. It was really nice to be able to do what we intended to do.”

Carmichael and Martin said the group wanted to focus on Roosevelt County specifically for the project because most local school fundraising events focus on all of the local area or just Clovis and they wanted to be able to give back to their county’s school districts.

“It was a privilege for us to be able to do it because we are all hard-working family people and we know with the way the economy has been, things have been tight for this county,” Martin said. “We appreciated how many people donated. We were really happy to see that.”

Carmichael said the next charitable event in the works is to raise money for care packages for overseas soldiers and airmen.

She and Martin said they also hope to do a food drive for Thanksgiving and a toy drive for Christmas.

“I don’t think it matters who you are as long as you’re willing to donate for the cause,” Carmichael said. “We got a lot of thank-you’s from the community.”

The group gave an equal amount of school supplies to the Floyd, Elida, Dora and Portales school districts.

Portales Superintendent Randy Fowler said the Portales school district was deeply touched by the group’s gesture of kindness.

“It will benefit students who may not have the necessary supplies for starting school this year,” Fowler said. “School supplies for Roosevelt County schools is a really positive endeavor and sends a great message to the county districts that they have support from local groups and organizations.”