MILTON — The American Legion Riders from Montgomery are sponsoring their third annual Adopt-a-Child Program by helping Nathaniel Hagenbuch, 4, of Milton, who was born prematurely.

Nathaniel has developed toritcollis, which has affected the muscles in his neck and eyes.

His father has also been diagnosed as having kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis, according to Steven Klapp, the Riders' president.

The motorcycle riders plan to present gifts to Nathaniel and his family at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 in the American Legion Post 251 in Montgomery.

The Riders raise money for the program by holding fundraisers in the summer, according to Brian Street, group spokesman.

The fundraisers include rides and rallies to help children and veterans. They also solicit contributions from businesses in Milton, Watsontown, Danville and other areas. Last week, they had collected just more than $3,000, Street said.

"We help a child with a physical or medical issue and their parents during the holiday season," Street said. "If they have a medical condition and they need a special wheelchair or bed, we are able to buy it."

In December 2008, the Riders adopted Cody Lynch from Montgomery and raised nearly $4,000. They purchased presents for Cody and his brother, Chase, and were also able to provide financial assistance to the Watsontown Police Department and Montgomery Christmas Committee to buy toys for children in the communities.

The Riders started the adoption program with Ben Mock in December 2007. They raised almost $2,800 to buy him presents and help his family with medical costs.

Anyone wanting to make a contribution may call Street at 547-6944.

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