CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Everyone at the Chatham County Sheriff's Office is a strong supporter of the Georgia Sheriff Youth Homes and its programs.
The sheriff's office's annual Poker Ruh is the largest local fundraiser for the cause.
"We raise money for the Georgia Sheriff Youth Home to take care of the kids with Christmas and buy them things they want for Christmas they normally wouldn't get," said Sheriff John Wilcher, Chatham County.
About 350 bikers hit the streets Sunday, leaving out of the sheriff's office but coming from all corners of the community to help children who have had to be removed from their homes.
"You've got doctors, lawyers, preachers, firefighters, you've got mechanics. You've got all walks of life coming out here to support this, and that's the biggest thing. We're together, and that's what makes it better when you get all these people together to do something for the community, and this is what they do," the sheriff said.
The Chatham County Sheriff's Office has organized the event for 16 years - last year raising enough to furnish an entire cabin at the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home Ranch.
"These are kids that have not been adjudicated. They've never been in any trouble or anything. They're just kids who come from homes that are broken, so we try to take care of them," Sheriff Wilcher said. "A lot of them go on to get their high school education and go to college, and all that is paid for by the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home."
It's been supported locally two wheels at a time for the last 16 years.
"The money does not leave here. We don't send it to a home office and they get 20 percent. It's all kept right here. We buy the stuff local here and take it to the kids. As long as I'm the sheriff in this county, this poker run will go on."