Bikers ride for a cause in Region 8

By Amanda Hanson - bio | email feedback

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Saturday was the first annual "Ride for the Mission." The event was put on by the Independents Riders Club of Paragould, with help from the Saints & Sinners Club.

"People always do things for Jonesboro, and the surrounding areas. I wanted to do something for Greene County and Paragould. This is what we came up with. It is a dice roll. It's kind of like a poker run. Usually when you have one, it costs $10 to $15 per hand. We decided to do five non-perishable food items per hand," says organizer Scott Callahan.

All the food benefited the Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas, an organization that provides food and shelter to the homeless and those in need.

"Nobody realizes the need in this community. We feed nearly 300 to 400 families per week. It's a big number. In one day just this month, we had 107 people that came through my window to be fed," says Jodi Miller, who is with Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas.

Saturday, it was a sea of leather, with nearly 70 bikers in attendance, all doing their part to contribute. "Already we've had two truck loads pull up and the back was full. The wheels were almost on the ground. That is a blessing," says Miller.

The bikes reeved up and took off, literally riding for a mission...a mission giving hope to those in need.

"It's wonderful. Like I said, this is what we're about. You know we, have a lot of bad stigma for bikers and this is what we do," says Callahan.

"To have an organization especially like the bike clubs come together because they're so many in our area this is really a blessing to us," says Miller.

Around fifteen-hundred pounds of canned goods and non-perishables were collected Saturday for Mission Outreach. The Independents Riders Club hopes to make "Ride for the Mission" a yearly event.

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