A mission of service by local motorcyclists
● By J. Chambless
Members of ABATE load boxes of food into the Oxford Neighborhood Services Center.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a long
line of motorcycles rumbled up to the Oxford Neighborhood Services
Center, accompanied by Oxford Police.
The 26th Annual Dwight Wallace Memorial Food Run ended on July 11 with the delivery of three trailers and a truck full of donated food and supplies for the needy. Members of Chester County ABATE put the food drive together every year by standing outside of local supermarkets and asking for donations of non-perishable foods. At the end of the collection, the members take the food in a long procession and load it onto the food cupboard's shelves.
This year, State Sen. Andy Dinniman and State Rep. John Lawrence joined the ABATE members, and the group got a certificate of appreciation from the State Senate.
The food run honors all of the fallen chapter members. The food run started when chapter member Dwight Wallace passed away in 1988 and the chapter wanted to do an event in his name.
During June, ABATE members were allowed to collect donations at the Oxford Acme, Oxford Redners, Oxford Walmart, Avondale Acme, and the Kennett Square Big Lots. For more information about Chester County ABATE (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education) visit www.chestercountyabate.com.