Friday, August 25, 2017

Brothers Crew MC School Supplies Drive relieves a little suffering for area students By Lorraine Glowczak

Supplies will be delivered to Windham and surrounding schools
As August comes to a close, the countdown to the first day of school begins. It’s a time when parents get their sons and daughters ready for another successful year of education; one of which includes the purchase of required back to school supplies. However, not all young students get the proper start needed and arrive on the first day of school without the appropriate educational materials. This is where Brothers Crew MC comes in and saves the day.

Brothers Crew MC, a Windham based motor cycle club, has established in the past few years, a school supplies drive. “From now until mid-September, we will be accepting donations and collecting backpacks and other school supplies,” Steven Huntington, president and founder of Brothers Crew MC said. “Sometime after the end of the month, we will begin delivering the supplies that have been donated to all Windham schools as well as Portland schools, such as Bayside Learning. It is our intention to branch out into Raymond and Westbrook schools, too.” Crew MC began in 2013 as a group of men who enjoyed riding motorcycles and wished to dedicate a bike ride in the memory of the founder’s brother, Charles “Chucky” Huntington, who died at the age of 42. After the first ride, others were interested in participating in future bike rides. “As it continued to grow, we decided to become an official club with the intention to honor all brothers who have passed and in doing so, relieve a little suffering in the world at the same time,” Huntington explained in a past interview. 

And relieving the world of a little suffering is exactly what the club is doing. “It is so important to help students from low income families succeed with their education in order to help get them out of the cycle of poverty,” Huntington began. “I know because I was one of those students. I came from a really poor family and when I arrived on the first day of school with nothing, it affected my confidence and the level of security I felt. And when you’re young with low self-esteem, you can resort to bullying and other inappropriate behavior. We, as a club, want to prevent that from happening in our community and we want to help those students achieve a better life for themselves by giving them a head start.”
President Steven Huntington

Brothers Crew MC asks for the following supplies that are required by the Maine School system. Those supplies include:
1 backpack
12 #2 Pencils
2 glue sticks
2 pink erasers
1 package of washable felt markers
1 pair of scissors
1 pencil case
10 pocket folders
1 package of lined paper
1 package of plane paper
8 lined notebooks
2 blue pens
1 package of pencil crayons

Huntington wishes to extend a special thanks to other motor cycle clubs, The Outlaws MC and The Raiders MC who both have made significant donations to the school supplies drive.
To deliver or mail the supplies, please send to: 514 Falmouth Road in Windham 04062. Brothers Crew MC is also willing to pick up the supplies if one is unable to deliver or mail them. For pick-ups please call 207-310-7901 or message Huntington on their Brothers Crew MC Facebook page.

The story is not over yet, as there’s one more thing to mention. Once the Brothers Crew MC School Supplies Drive is completed, they will begin gearing up for their Thanksgiving Drive in mid-October (last year they fed 927 Maine families.) After that, it will be their Christmas Drive for needy Maine families.

It seems Brothers Crew MC never takes a break. Perhaps this is what one does when their goal is to relieve a little suffering in the world.

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