ROCKINGHAM — There is no comparison between man and dog. There are, however, sometimes similar traits.
Kathy Long recognized a familiar quality in a little dog who faithfully followed its homeless owner on a cold winter morning not knowing where its next meal was going to come from.
“Bikers are loyal,” Long said. “They are the most loyal friends that you could ever have. They are giving people.”
Long owns KC’s Biker Barn with her husband, Chip Long.
It was Kathy’s husband, Sgt. 1st Class Chip Long, who thought to hold a coat drive to help the human population. This year narks the inaugural Bikers Helping the Community Coat Drive. Kathy was really nervous about following through with it because she had never coordinated an event before.
“You don’t have to have all the details, just put it out there and it will come together,” Kathy said her friend, Michelle Ford, encouraged.
As of Friday afternoon, Kathy still lacked some details but she got the coat drive off the ground and that’s all that matters to her right now. Kathy printed out a flyer, placed a magazine ad, convinced Huddle House in Rockingham to come on board as an additional drop-off location, and started reaching out to local biker clubs.
“A lot of the biker clubs are good at pulling together to help the community,” said Kathy Long, noting that Bikers and Friends with Helping Hands and Ghost Riders have both contributed so far.
David Curlee, president of Bikers and Friends with Helping Hands, thinks what the Longs are doing is “really great.” Bikers and Friends is known for doing a lot of work within the community.
“Anyone in our area that needs help, we try to help,” Curlee said.
Long said she was expecting maybe 30 coats, but they have already received 50. Donations can be made at either KC’s Biker Barn or at Huddle House. Coats can be new or used, but in good condition with little to no stains. All sizes are needed.
The drive ends on Jan. 3, and the coats will be distributed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 12. The location is still undecided.