Over the past two years the Tribal Huks motorcycle gang members have been making approximately 500 sandwiches every day and dropping them off to Waikato schools before the lunch bell in New Zealand making sure no children go hungry like they did when they were young.
Letters from children that begin “Dear sandwich makers” line the wall, attesting to the gang’s two-and-a-half years of service.
When the video and story were published in the local paper and in a popular website, a flood of public support and offers have followed. People have volunteered to help grow the project, grow veggie gardens, send honey, avocados, margarine, eggs, books, money.
The gang members have been left speechless, including Jamie Pink, the group’s leader, the self-proclaimed “angry man with a soft heart.”
Jamie Pink said in his interview:
“I wanna say thank you so much for the support. I’m not sayin’ we’re angels and that, but we’re not bad people. We didn’t expect this.”
Interviewed by the newspaper, Jamie Pink said he was fed by motorcycle gang members when he was young and remembers them as generous people who looked after him and his mom when they had nothing.
Yes, he says, it should be the parents’ responsibility, but some kids just have “crappy parents.”
Poverty ruins them, he says. ”They never forget it.”
The kids who eat his sandwiches still have a chance and he has hopes that aren’t gang hopes for them.
”Hopefully they’re gonna grow up to be decent citizens. But they’re not gonna grow up properly if they don’t get a feed.”
This is not recruitment, he says. ”If we thought like that, we’re not worth existing, to be honest with you.”
“It gives us reason for being. It’s as simple as that.” He said.
Please do share this beautiful example of kindness with your friends and family.
“To be Inspired is Great, To Inspire is Incredible”
(Images from Waikato Times)