For these bikers, “family” means more than looking out for just the next rider. The Coldwater Lake Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) go above and beyond to make sure that local kids feel safe. As a national organization, BACA is dedicated to supporting children, often expressing that support through time shared in motorcycle rides and fun activities.
President “Skidz” of BACA’s Coldwater Chapter describes the first visits with a child: “Normally you’ll show up and they’re in a shell. They don’t want to talk to anybody, they just kind of want to hide. After an hour of spending time with them, they’ve blossomed. They’re out of their shell, they’re running around, they’re joking around.”
These children come from difficult pasts, often from abuse whether sexual, mental or physical, but BACA strives to emphasize the positives. “Skidz” says that BACA Coldwater Chapter tries “as a group not to focus on that.” Instead, he says, “We’re trying to make them where they’re not afraid of the world that they’re living in.”
Vice President “Dodge” says the rewards of being a part of BACA are about the children: “They start acting like kids again. That’s the payoff for us.”
However, the Coldwater Chapter does more than provide a context for fun. One of their biggest concerns is that the children feel safe and protected, so they are ready to help any time of the day or night.
“We have no problem getting a call at 2, 3 o’clock in the morning saying ‘I’m scared, I can’t go back to bed,’ and we’ll go to the house and stand guard just to make them feel safe,” explains President “Skidz.”
The bikers of BACA take upon themselves the mission of supporting the children as their primary identity as bikers and as a family, and they ensure that the children know that too. According to the BACA Coldwater Chapter President, “They’re part of our family and they’re not gonna be alone.”