By Jessica Mathews /

An upcoming motorcycle ride aims to raise funds to help out families in need this Christmas.

The non-profit, Christian-based Wolfpack Motorcycle Family Protection Club will hold its 1st Annual Blessing of the Bikes & Charity Ride. It will be held in the parking lot at Rural King in Hartland Township from 10am to 5pm and feature food, vendors and raffles. Registration is at noon and the blessing is at 1pm. The ride will depart at 1:30pm and return by 4pm for raffle drawings. The ride will wind throughout the county toward Fowlerville and then back, with no major highways along the route.

Regional President Ted Sizemore told WHMI the group started a couple of years ago out of Texas and now has a Michigan chapter. He says they’re just trying to help families and take care of people. Sizemore says they’re raising money to make sure those in need have a tree, food, presents or help with bills – which is important that time of year as opposed to doing something like a toy run. He said it couldn’t be made possible without all of the different people, sponsors and God.

The club’s youth group will also be selling n cookies to raise money for their selected cause this year, which is autism.

The cost is $25 and each rider will get one free raffle ticket. An event flyer is attached. A link to the group’s Facebook page is provided.