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D-H's Moms in Recovery Program Benefits from Harley Owners Holiday Cheer

Staff from Moms in Recovery, Twin State Harley Davidson, and the Upper Valley Harley Owners Group with a pile of presents.

The Giving Tree was a labor of love.

Kevin Blake, UV HOG Director
Toys and gifts for more than 80 kids were gathered at Twin State Harley Davidson in Lebanon

At a presentation Friday, Dec. 14, the Upper Valley Harley Owners Group (UV H.O.G.) and Twin States Harley-Davidson made the holidays merrier for participants in Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Moms in Recovery program, delivering gifts for 80 children of the women in the program, based at the Rivermill Complex in Lebanon.

UV H.O.G. Activities Officer Bonnie Holbrook presented the idea to the chapter members as the group’s annual holiday giving project. Holbrook then worked with Moms in Recovery program Administrative Coordinator Stephanie Gray to get a list of children’s ages, gender and preferences. A Christmas “Giving Tree” went up at the Twin States Harley-Davidson dealership and Santa’s elves went to work.

“The Giving Tree was a labor of love” said UV H.O.G. Director Kevin Blake, a Unix Systems Administrator in D-H’s Technical Services division. Members of the H.O.G. chapter, dealership staff, and community members stopped by and selected tags, purchased presents and returned them to the dealership. Nearly $1,000 was also donated for the project. The gifts were delivered to the Moms in Recovery offices on Friday, for distribution to the kids this week.

“Parenting and recovery can each be challenging and difficult,” noted Moms in Recovery Clinical Director Teri LaRock. “The expectations and stressors of holidays often add to this challenge. Parents love their children and want to give them the best holiday possible. The gifts given today will help alleviate this stress for our families. We, and the mothers in our program, are deeply grateful and appreciative of the support from the HOG Chapter.”

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