WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He says they should be home for the holidays and now a central Kentucky man hopes you can help make that happen.
Last year he was able to raise enough money to bring four soldiers home. This year, he and some friends are starting the effort even earlier hoping to bring many more soldiers home for Christmas.
Take a closer look at the black leather jackets worn by members of the Defining Forces biker club and you'll get a better understanding of who they are and who they're trying to help.
“Several of us here have family in the military stationed in different places in the country and in the world,” said Chris Disponett.
Getting soldiers home for the holidays-- that was Rodney Goodlett's goal when he started this charity last Christmas.
“All of us have been deployed and have been in situations where we wanted to be home for Christmas but couldn’t afford it so if we can help a few soldiers get home then we’ve done our job,” said Rodney Goodlett.
Last year, Goodlett raised $1,100 which helped four soldiers get home for the holidays. But this year, he's upping the ante by holding a day-long fundraiser to support a cause close to each of their hearts.
“If you’ve ever had a loved one even make just a plane trip and they come home and you embrace them then you know how much that means to you,” said Wayne Chism.
Saturday’s event will feature a poker run, auction and plenty of food and live music.
The brotherhood of bikers said the event is just a small way to serve those who serve our country.
“I spent 30 years in the service so I know what it’s like to not be able to come home so providing that for these men and women is awesome,” said Disponett.
Registration for the poker run begins Saturday morning at 10:30 at the American Legion Post on West Broadway in Lawrenceburg.
Donations are also welcome at any Farmers Bank in an account named Soldiers Christmas/Defining Forces.