While the Hells Angels may have a questionable reputation in the world of motorcycle clubs, it also holds an annual toy drive, as do many other clubs around the country.
There's no denying the criminal reputations of some MCs. And shows like AMC's "Sons of Anarchy" have cemented that image in some people's heads. But there are some biker groups dedicated to good causes.
One of the largest of these is BACA, Bikers Against Child Abuse. Founded in 1995 in Utah by John Paul "Chief" Lilly, a social worker and a registered play therapist/supervisor, this 501(c)(3) organization has since gone international (though officials declined to give total membership numbers).
The purpose of the club, said "Ish," secretary of the founding Utah chapter and the group's spokesperson, who did not want to disclose his name, is to empower abused children and give them the courage to face their abusers and get justice.
"Kids are very perceptive," he said. "They can tell real quick if someone has the best of intentions, and usually know faster than adults do."
When teachers, parents, friends or officials make BACA aware of an abuse situation, two members are assigned as primary contacts for the child, and he or she is told they can be reached for help at all times. Beyond that, there are four levels of intervention.