Carolina Honda and Carolina Chrome Biker Magazine have teamed up to support the Dorn VA Medical Center with a 'Stuff a Truck' canned food drive at Carolina Honda. The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 8.
Jim Wertman, Owner of Carolina Honda, explained the importance of the event particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the local community.
"VA Dorn contacted us and explained they are hurting for food right now. The pandemic has hurt them pretty bad so we want to do our part to help out."
The biker community is often viewed as a non-traditional group of individuals but Wertman explained there is no denying when there is a need, they come out in full force.
"The bike community has been chomping at the bit to get out and do something this summer. We take everyone's safety during this time very seriously, but we feel like this is an event we can do safely, and help out the VA Dorn feed our veterans."
Along with many other events to support the community, Wertman has hosted the Veterans Charity Ride out of Carolina Honda for 20 years, one of the largest veteran motorcycle events in South Carolina.
Carolina Chrome's editor and chief, Nicole Whitlock, said the publication is already pushing the event through the magazine and on social media. Being married to a Marine veteran and fellow motorcycle enthusiast, she feels strongly about the biker community's support for veterans/military, and any opportunity to give back.
Since the face mask ordinance in Richland county has not been lifted yet, the organizers of the event suggest bringing a mask to the event. In addition to non-perishable canned foods, cash donations will be accepted on-site. Carolina Honda is located at 901 Buckner Rd., Columbia.
More information about the "Stuff a Truck" food drive can be found on the event's Facebook page.
Future biker events will be posted on Carolina Chrome's website.