Harker Heights: Motorcycle clubs provide meal to homeless teens

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) With just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, two local motorcycle clubs are giving back to homeless teens across Central Texas.

At the Central Texas Youth Services Center in Harker Heights, NoKilleen and Unleashed Beasts provided a full meal for the teens.

"Juveniles are a big thing for me and kids. Come to find out, there are so many homeless teens in this area that kind of go under the radar that deserve a hot meal as well," Amanda Bradley said.

The meal included all of the Thanksgiving must-haves, from turkey to green beans and stuffing. The teens also got a chance to choose a dessert.

"We really appreciate any group that is willing to come in and offer a meal or any kind of activity to just give the kids that special time and give them some special attention -- during the holidays, especially," said Shandoline Williams, the youth advocate coordinator for the center.

Williams says that those at the center, ages 11 to 22, come from many different backgrounds and life circumstances.

"They may be with CPS. We have a variety of different programs. So CPS, juvenile probation or just come across circumstances that, you know, they maybe couch surfing or in one of our shelters right now," she said.

In all, the day was a time for the teens to return to a sense of normalcy, even just for a couple of hours.

"Me being a man of faith, they say it takes a village to raise a child; we want to make sure we do that. Unleashed Beast is not just a motorcycle club, we are truly a family and we want to share our family aspect and our family love with our community," Lemont Cannon said.

Organizers say it is important to get out in the community and give back to those in need.