Mike’s Famous in New London Is Delivering Christmas

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Toys for Tots and the Marines again team up with Santa and
Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson to bring hope to the community

Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride into Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson® in New London on Saturday, December 12 from 12 – 3 p.m. for the area’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. The free event will include photos with Santa and the whole family … even pets are welcome. Santa will greet visitors in a Harley-Davidson® sidecar set in front of a traditional stone fireplace within the former Coca-Cola® factory. Each child will receive a free gift from Santa, and parents will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Mike’s Famous® for each toy contributed. Festive refreshments will be provided for all who attend.

Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is the New London County collection and staging headquarters for Toys for Tots, locally sponsored by the Thames River Detachment Marine Corps League. For months, the community has been donating toys and the Marines have been collecting, sorting and staging the gifts inside of Mike’s Famous. The initiative will provide toys to children represented by dozens of charities and non-profit organizations this holiday season. Additionally, non-perishable food items are being accepted for donation to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Food Center.

“We are thrilled to be working with Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson for the third consecutive year on our annual toy drive,” said Jim Reid, Junior Vice Commandant of the Thames River Detachment Marine Corps League. “As always, Mike has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has spent considerable resources to accommodate our needs. We are pleased that Mike’s Famous has been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for its continuous support of the area’s military community,” Reid added.

Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is the 2015 recipient of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Military Community Support Award, given annually to Chamber member businesses that have gone above and beyond to show support of the region’s men and women in uniform. Mike’s Famous was selected because of its outstanding commitment to supporting active military members as well as veterans. The dealership’s programs include Operation Personal Freedom® which offers a free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy® Beginner’s Rider Course for all active and retired military personnel. Mike’s Famous works regularly with the Wounded Warrior Project® and Adaptive Sports Foundation to improve the lives of service men and women who are living with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical handicaps. They have also raised and donated thousands of dollars for military veterans and veterans’ assistance programs, and the dealership organizes many additional events and programs to thank active personnel and veterans for their service.

About the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program:

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

About Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson:

Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is located at 951 Bank Street in New London, CT.   The dealership opened in March of 2014 in 55,000 square feet within the former Coca-Cola® bottling plant. It also represents the Can-Am® brands of ATVs, Side-by-Sides, Spyders® and Sea-Doo® Watercraft, and carries the full line of Polaris® recreational products.