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POSTED: April 23, 2014 9:27 a.m.
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Anthony Miller, 4, who lives with his grandmother, Petra Miller, was thrilled to receive an Easter basket Sunday from the Disloyal Few motorcycle club.

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Motorcycle clubs, although often full of productive, responsible, law-abiding members, sometimes have a negative stigma attached to them.
The Disloyal Few, a Hinesville motorcycle club, is out to break that stereotype. The members embarked on this mission long ago and continued their efforts Easter Sunday.
Every Easter, Disloyal Few members deliver Easter baskets to underprivileged children in Liberty County. This year, 25 children received baskets filled with candy and toys. Several families also received hams donated by local resident Irene Myers.
“Our main goal is to be up and riding at the break of day — the same time Christ rose,” Disloyal Few President Jim Hayner said.
The name Disloyal Few, according to Hayner, was chosen to change the image that biker clubs suffer from.
“We’re trying to change the image of biker clubs that may be doing some bad things,” he said.
Hayner said the club’s goal is to support the community to the fullest. The club tries to help everyone who needs assistance.
The baskets were put together by the women of the Disloyal Few, who worked several days to make sure the baskets were perfect.
The first delivery the club made was to Brian Server and his two sons, who lost their home to a fire in March.
When Alan Server answered the door, the youngster peeked his head out of the door with a look of amazement on his face as a club member’s child handed him a basket. In a soft voice Alan said thank you as his dad wished the club a happy Easter.
The next stop was to the home of Anthony Miller, 4, who lives with his grandmother Petra Miller. The little boy’s eyes lit up when he was handed his basket.
“Hey, there’s a car in there,” he said excitedly.
Petra Miller said her grandson became excited when he heard the motorcycles outside their home.
“He loves motorcycles. He was running around the house when he heard them coming up the road,” she said. “This is so unbelievable. You see how happy he is. They are so kind.”
The next stop was to the home of twins Alexandria and Alexis Long, 17.
Alexandria has endured 47 surgeries in the past 14 months and has been cancer free for the past five years.
“We haven’t done very much because of all the surgeries,” the twins’ mother, Deborah Trimble, said.
Disloyal Few Secretary Mike Puricelli, a Comcast employee, discovered the family’s situation while doing some repair work at their home.
The girls, who were unaware they would receive Easter baskets, both were appreciative of the gesture.
When asked if she was too old to receive a basket, Alexandria said, “Yes, I think I’m too big, but it still means a lot.”
Alexis disagreed and said no, she wasn’t too old.
Hayner said he has been moved by helping youngsters in need. “We have tried to fulfill their dreams,” he said. “You can’t explain the feeling of seeing a little kid’s face light up.”


 

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