Ken’z Smooth Kutz Barbershop and WolfPack Motorcycle Club of Kenosha joined forces Sunday to organize their ninth annual Back to School book bag giveaway.
More than 600 book bags were distributed to children and families as they enjoyed the picnic environment on Sunday afternoon. The event, which ran five hours starting at 11 a.m., had a variety of kids games, raffles, food and music to enjoy.
Kenny Smith, owner of Smooth Kutz Barbershop, who also prepares the food, remains humbled by the tremendous need in the community.
“It is important for our kids to be prepared on their first day of class,” he said.
“Providing a brand new book bag, filled with school supplies is the least I can do to support our youth while reducing the financial barriers of our hardworking parents,” he said.
“Our collaboration with WolfPack and the community in general continues to makes this event a tremendous success year after year. When I see smiles on the kids’ faces and the look of satisfaction, relief, and thankfulness on the faces of the parents, I am reminded why I chose to be part of this organization,” said chapter president Shawn (Weeman) Payne.
he chapter vice president, Tony “Taz” Irby, added, “Every child deserves to go back to school with a book bag and school supplies and every child who came today got just that.”
“The WolfPack Motorcycle Club of Kenosha prides itself on charity, brotherhood, and love for the ride. With sponsors and donors from every level like local residents Tim and Stephanie Connolly and Senator Bob Wirch, organizations including the Mahone Foundation, Papa John’s, Culver’s, and the city of Kenosha, we are able to pull the community together and bridge gaps otherwise uncrossed,” Irby said.
The club does a variety of charity work in Kenosha and Waukegan, Ill., including an upcoming winter clothing drive where members collect warm clothing for the homeless before winter arrives.
If interested in getting involved, organizers encouraged them to contact [email protected]