Biker Club Brings Smiles to Sick Kids at UMC

The Dirty Gringos held their first annual Chrome and Crayons event for sick kids at UMC.

This is T.J.

T.J. is 16 years old.

He likes Sweet and Sour soup and wants to be a tattoo artist when he grows up.

But T.J. isn’t like any other teenager.

He is deaf-and has been spending his summer in a hospital roon at UMC.

“We might be kind of scruffier looking, tattooed,” Sparks said. “But it doesn’t matter who you are, you want to see a kid smile.”

Saturday the Dirty Gringos motorcycle club donated their time and toys to the sick kids at UMC.

“We are doing a Chrome and Crayons event,” Sparks said. “Kind of like a Christmas in July.”

Tyler Sparks, or Fester as he is known in the club, said it is important to show these kids some love.

“Let these kids know that people are thinking about them not around the holidays,” Sparks said.

This is the first time the Dirty Gringos have partnered with UMC for Chrome and Crayons.

 “One of our brothers, Blind Dog, he has been kind of sitting on this idea awhile,” Sparks said.

“We were looking for a fundraiser this year and he brought this up and it is a great idea.”

But the bikers said they had a great time picking out the toys.

“We’re big kids,” Sparks said.

While the toys donated are probably better for the kids younger than T.J. – the sunshine and the company were a nice break until he gets out.

“It’s a great feeling to see a big smile on these kids faces,” Sparks said. “That is why we do it.” 

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