The Pipe Creek Christian School invited the motorcycle organization Guardians of the Children to visit their annual fundraiser held next door at New Life Resale Shop, the thrift store that supports the school, on November 6.
The event was a huge success, with several vendors, barbecue by Hightone’s Smoked BBQ and live music by the Drift Away Band of San Antonio. The thrift store held a big sale on their goods while everything else was going on. Both parking lots were full and the crowd was building as the day warmed up.
The group that drew the most attention was the Guardians of the Children, who are particularly supportive of abused children.
Their mission statement reads, “Don’t let your silence drown out their cries! The mission of the GOC is to recognize and react to child abuse and educate the public to do the same; to serve as advocates to provide strength and stability to families in crisis and be an answer to the prayers of an abused child or teen for courage, support and protection.”
The six members of GOC rode big Harley Davidson bikes and wore black leather jackets with their emblem on the backs.
Within the group they go by the monikers of “Unique,” “DeeJay,” “Ladyhawk,” “Shadow,” “Mess,” and “Frog.” In the same order, they are Judah Leoffler, Donna Wooldridge, Michelle Bogue, David Bogue, Robert Messier, and Terry Wooldridge. Some have jobs, while the others are retired.
Although they are an international organization with many chapters around the world, this group is the Hill Country Chapter, based in New Braunfels. San Antonio has its own chapter, so Hill Country Chapter serves 15 Hill Country counties.
They formed this chapter in February 2006 and currently have 42 members, who are advocates for 23 children at this time. The whole organization became a 501c3 non-profit in 2010 and they are actively seeking more members.
For more information, go to guardiansofthechildren.com.