Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Helps Students in Need
The Blue Knights Maryland V chapter recently made a generous donation of $500 to help families of students at Chapel District Elementary School (CDES) whose lunch accounts had reached a negative balance.
The Blue Knights® International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Inc. is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles. The Blue Knights® LEMC has approximately 650 chapters with 19,500+ members in 11 Conferences within 29 countries.
“Our organization donates to areas of need in our community,” said Mr. Ben Harvey, President of the Blue Knights Maryland V. “We knew there were families here at Chapel District who were struggling, so we decided this would be good use of our resources.”
Mr. Harvey’s wife Julia works for the Sodexo food services program at CDES. She had shared her concerns about families struggling to provide adequate food with Mr. Harvey. “After we were able to give these families this small amount of support, one parent wrote to me to tell me that this helped her to catch up so that she could now add funds to her children’s accounts,” she exclaimed. “You just never know how much of a difference you can make in someone’s life by lending a hand.”
Mr. Greg Sobus, Vice President of Blue Knights Maryland V, retired from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. “I was a School Deputy at one time,” he explained. “I learned that the school was distributing back pack meals and toiletries every Friday to so many kids in need who may not otherwise be able to eat over the weekend. I realized then that this should be a focus for the Blue Knights’ charitable work.”
“We are so grateful for this generous gift,” said Dr. Jodi Colman, Principal at Chapel District. “It is heartbreaking to see how much some of our families struggle to make ends meet, so it means a great deal to us to see an organization bestow such kindness.”