Thunder Guards deliver Christmas to a family in need of a home
Christmas was looking bleak for Kamisha Collins and her four children after their home's ceiling collapsed two weeks ago and the family was placed in a Newark motel for the holidays.
But a Wilmington motorcycle club helped change that Wednesday morning when they thundered into the Red Roof Inn parking lot and passed out gifts to her children and gave her some cash to help with a down payment for a new place.
"We're here to help out in any way we can," Thunder Guards Mother Chapter President David Monk told Collins as he and about a dozen club members gave the family presents.
Monk said the motorcycle club tries to help people in need, particularly in Wilmington where the organization was founded.
"If we can help one family at a time," he said, "that's what we are going to do."
The Thunder Guards became aware of the family's situation on Tuesday when Warner Elementary School Principal Terrance D. Newton reached out to Monk for help. Collins' daughter is a student at the Wilmington school and one of her sons attended the school last year.
Newton provided the Thunder Guards a wish list, which allowed club members to get the children toys, clothing and even some cash that Collins could use for housing.
"This has been a rough year on everybody," said Newton, adding, "It is an honor and pleasure to be able to give back to another Warner family during this time as COVID has made everyday life difficult."
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The presentation of gifts couldn't have come at a better time for Collins, who said she's been scrapping to give her children – ages 11 through 15 – a couple of presents while also trying to save to rent a home.
"I'm blessed and I thank everybody that came out," Collins told Delaware Online/The News Journal. "It really means a lot because I didn't know how things were going to go for us."
The family ended up at the motel off South College Avenue after the ceiling in the house they were renting collapsed and the structure was condemned. Not being from Delaware, Collins said she didn't have family nearby to fall back on.
Now, the 38-year-old said the Thunder Guards' generosity will help her find a new place they can rent.
"I'm just desperate to get my kids a home," she said.
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