Originally posted by Buck Lovell on Saturday, 24 December 2011 in Buck Lovell's - American Biker Blog
Biker group surprises fallen Henrico officer's family
December 24, 2011
HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WTVR) - Christmas morning arrived early Friday thanks to the generosity of some bikers. Leather, boots, helmets and Harleys are not typical Santa attire, but the family of a fallen Henrico officer found out St. Nick can come in all shapes, sizes and may have quite a different kind of sleigh. Members of the Tuskeegee Airman Motorcycle Club wanted to ease the pain of Officer Tomas Berry Jr.'s four children. He lost his life in a motorcycle crash last July. The group took the season of giving to heart, bringing bags of toys and an American flag to the kids. Katina Poole-Berry, the mother of Jasmine, Thomas, Braxton and Ethan, said it was a Christmas surprise the children and their new leather clad friends will forever cherish. "They have really big hearts. Behind the leather and big Harleys they have awesomely big hearts," said Poole-Berry.
Additionally, 13-year-old Jasmine was so moved by the strangers' generosity that she returned the favor with a gift of her own. She sang "I'll be there." And all four children and mom accepted rides through the neighborhood from Santa's little helpers. In fact, Jasmine had vowed to never to ride a motorcycle again after her father's death because she was too afraid. But the Tuskeegee Airmen Motorcycle Club members helped her overcome her fear. Poole-Berry said that was yet another gift the group gave her daughter.
"A motorcycle is a couple of thousand dollars. The presents are worth a few hundred dollars. The kids' reaction and the moms? That is priceless," said TAMC member Ricky Williams. The riders were not done giving after they visited the Berry family. They rode to visit a Chesterfield family who just lost their home and most of their possessions in hopes of bringing them some holiday cheer.