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Sunday, September 26, 2021

    Be Excellent to Each Other

    Chad Brislawn
    A lifelong Muscatine resident, Chad Brislawn has a passion for motorcycles and writing. He writes No Baffles No Brakes, for Discover Muscatine newspaper.

    Muscatine Living

    I had just picked my three-year-old son up from school, and on the way to the store, I was explaining to him how we were going to go buy some presents for other little kids so that they could have a merry Christmas, just like him and his sister. His immediate, and expected, response was, “and me too?”

    I went on to tell him that we weren’t going to be buying anything for ourselves today, but I needed his help to pick out toys that he thought other kids might like so they could be happy on Christmas. He got it. I could see it on his face–he got it. I was proud of him.

    One of the first things he picked, no joke, were two toy motorcycles. My dude!

    “Can we get these?” he said.

    “Absolutely!” I shouted, in my proud Dad Voice. He’s excited about it and he knows he’s doing a good thing. I dig it.

    I realize this one’s not too focused on the bikes, but motorcycles and supporting selfless causes ride hand in hand, always have. Plus, you don’t have to ride a motorcycle to be a decent human being, although it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Every year, there are a ton of ways that people can choose to give back to the kids, but there are a couple right here in town that I would like to mention and give a little info on if you would like to lend a hand this season.

    Riots and Rebelle’s Salon and Defiant Souls Motorcycle Club are “Elfing” again this year! Their Elfing Blessings help in, “providing for a family that may have fallen between the cracks,” says Terra Allen, owner of Riots and Rebelle’s. They will be accepting donations of holiday candy, new unwrapped toys, and new stuffed animals, just to name a few, at the salon during business hours at 801 Oregon Street, Suite 6, until December 14th. Check out their Facebook page for a full list of details and gift ideas.

    The Two Weeks of Love campaign is kicking off week one with Toy Time! Sponsored by Kriegers, Discover Muscatine, Hy-Vee, TanTara, and the Salvation Army, they will be accepting new, unwrapped toys that can be dropped off at Krieger’s Muscatine, 3205 North Highway 61. Muscatine, from December 2nd-6th. Help local kiddos have the Christmas that they deserve!

    There are also tons of drop-ff locations that can be found online for Toys for Tots, including most Harley dealerships by the way, which is a great organization run by the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve. The Jesus Mission here in town is also looking for new or used winter gear for all ages that can be dropped off at Mike’s Hilltop Tap until December 6th.

    However, whenever, and wherever you chose to lend a helping hand this season, just keep in mind that it really is all about the kids and giving back. And in the words of the legendary folk heroes Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to each other. And party on dudes.”

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