Members of Veterans Motorcycle Club to help out at Springfield Soup Kitchen

Springfield Soup Kitchen President Fred Stegner will get some help from area veterans when dinner is served on Wedesday evening. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Members of a veterans motorcycle club will be volunteering at Springfield Soup Kitchen on Wednesday evening.

Keith Tickle, president of the Fairborn chapter of the U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club said the organization chose to volunteer in Springfield in order to, “reach out,” into different areas of the community.

“We try to do all kinds of community outreach throughout the year and it seemed like a great opportunity to get some outreach in Springfield,” Tickle said.

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About 14 veterans will be volunteering, Tickle said. The group will be bringing some items, but for the most part, the group will be focused on serving food to those who come into the soup kitchen that evening.

“We are hoping to feed about 200 people,” Tickle said. “We are very much an organization that gives back to the community. We are servants of the community and we believe there is no better way to lead than from the front.”

The motorcycle club will arrive at the soup kitchen, which is located at 830 W. Main St. in Springfield, around 5 p.m. and plan to stay for a couple of hours.

Fred Stegner, president of the Springfield Soup Kitchen, said he is excited to have the group come and volunteer.

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“That’s the night we are going to be having our traditional Thanksgiving dinner and turkey. I really needed a group to come in and help out and that’s when they reached out. They really came through,” Stegner said.

Jay Winkleman, a member of the club and a Springfield resident, said volunteering at the soup kitchen helps not only the community but the club as well.

“We want to help better the biker image to the general public. This is a great way to accomplish two things at once — helping homeless veterans and do something for all of those who do so much for us,” Winkleman said.