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Bucks County H.O.G. Seeks Holiday Lights

What began as a fun way for the Bucks County Harley Owners Group to get out and do some riding while the COVID pandemic was in full force, is back this year and with even more amusement in store.

So if you see someone pull up to your house on a Harley and take out a cellphone or camera and aim at your Christmas lights, don’t worry. It’s a member of the Bucks Co. H.O.G. getting a selfie for the club’s contest.

The members then post their photos taken on each of the 12 days of Christmas on the club’s Facebook page, said Suzanne Lane, assistant director. A prize will be awarded at their annual holiday party after the 200-plus members vote.

“It’s entertaining,” said Lane, a South Brunswick, N.J. resident. “It brightens people up.”

Kevin Savoy as Santa holding Benji at Stars & Stripes Harley-Davison, with John Bittner.

Kevin Savoy, of Levittown, has been a member of Bucks Co. H.O.G. for five years and will serve as club activities director for 2022.

“It’s about the spirit of the holiday,” he said about the selfie contest. “To just share a little joy.”

Savoy, who also entertains children as Santa, including recently at Stars & Stripes Harley-Davidson, does recognizance runs to find special lights and decorations displays for his selfies.

“I like the uniqueness, of people’s originality,” said Savoy, about what he looks for when snapping a photo of various Christmas displays. “The other thing I like is people who have yards just full of stuff that really demonstrate the Christmas spirit. It’s also about the holiday. They took the time to decorate so other people can enjoy it.”

“We try to respect people’s privacy,” he said. “Sometimes people don’t want you to take pictures…Sometimes you’ve got to explain to them what you’re doing.”

“But most people are pretty receptive to it,” said Savoy, who is retired from the Department of Corrections.

Savoy and his wife, Michelle, have three children ages 25, 23, and 14. His youngest son, Brandon, enjoys participating at the group’s events and likes to call the numbers when they have bingo, he said.

“A lot of the stuff we dois charity work,” he said. For example, they raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and they just held a “Pink Your Ride” for Breast Cancer Awareness and raised nearly $11,000 for St. Mary’s Hospital.

“We did a food drive for Thanksgiving for a food pantry and delivered over 400 items,” said Savoy. “We are a riding club, but we also think about others who are less fortunate. We did a homeless shelter ride the Saturday before Thanksgiving and brought over $1,800 in gift cards for them to buy Christmas (presents).”

Savoy said he felt honored to be asked to be an officer of the group.

“Unfortunately, my mom passed away a year ago last December,” said Savoy. “For the 365 days of her passing, I committed to doing more charity work. So this is my year of giving, I call it.  Right now I’m organizing an MDA fundraiser. We’re selling 200 raffles at $20 a raffle for tickets to a Flyers game.”

They also did a charity ride for Toys for Tots for Children’s Hospital.

“We filled the bed of my pick-up truck with toys,” he said.

His mother, Rosemary Savoy, was very charitable “especially around Christmas.”

“She sponsored families,” he said. “I just try to recognize her that way. Hopefully, in my good graces I’m doing good to represent her.”

Anybody can join if they are a member of the National Harley Owners Group. There is an additional $24 a year to join the local chapter, he said.

Over the years, motorcycle riders have gotten a bad reputation because of various criminal gangs, but the Bucks Co. H.O.G. is the opposite of that.

“We do a lot of positive things,” said Savoy.  “Our hashtag for Twitter is ‘#bestHOGchapterever.’ We’re very family-oriented. We’re very outgoing. We really try to bring the best out of people. I’m hoping I’m making Mom proud. It’s a group effort.”

“It’s all about notoriety for the good of people, not the bad of people. The holiday season is about giving back,” said Savoy.

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DVJ’s Santa’s Lil’ Helper for December 13: Cackie Martin of Radnor

 

 

Cackie Martin, 17, with the Radnor Girls Crew Club, worked in teams to bake 66 pies for Eldernet of Lower Merion for Thanksgiving. Organized by junior Chloe Ernst, 16.

Cackie Martin is in the front on the right.

Cackie Martin Travis Manion Foundation chapter

 

 

We’re looking for more kids (18 and younger) like Cackie who are volunteering with charities, church groups, Scout troops, etc. — or just putting the Christmas spirit into action all on their own! Send us a photo of your favorite Santa’s helper in action, and information about the charity they’re supporting, and you might just see it featured at DVJournal.

PLUS: We’ll pick one of the highlighted charities and make our own $1,000 donation to the cause!

Just send your photo (with names and ages) of the kids you spot helping others — ringing the Salvation Army bell, collecting for Toys for Tots, working at a local food bank, whatever! — and email it to [email protected]sources.com.

If possible, please include a link to the charity’s website, too, so we can encourage others to support the cause.

In our December 23rd edition of the DVJ Newsletter (sign up here), we’ll announce which one of the highlighted charities will receive a donation of $1,000 from Delaware Valley Journal!

Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Delaware Valley Journal Is Looking For Santa’s Biggest Lil’ Helpers! 

Across the Delaware Valley this December, kids will be making someone’s season brighter — and Delaware Valley Journal wants to help!

We’re looking for kids (18 and younger) who are volunteering with charities, church groups, Scout troops, etc. — or just putting the Christmas spirit into action all on their own! Send us a photo of your favorite Santa’s helper in action, and information about the charity they’re supporting, and you might just see it featured at DVJournal.

 

PLUS: We’ll pick one of the highlighted charities and make our own $1,000 donation to the cause!

 

Just send your photo (with names and ages) of the kids you spot helping others — ringing the Salvation Army bell, collecting for Toys for Tots, working at a local food bank, whatever! — and email it to [email protected].

If possible, please include a link to the charity’s website, too, so we can encourage others to support the cause.

In our December 23rd edition of the DVJ Newsletter (sign up here), we’ll announce which one of the highlighted charities will receive a donation of $1,000 from Delaware Valley Journal!

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Follow us on social media: Twitter: @DV_Journal or Facebook.com/DelawareValleyJournal.