Local bikers ride for the Red Cross

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - A group of Hoxie bikers rode around parts of Region 8 for a good cause.

Rumblin' Around the Ridge raised more than $300 Saturday for the American Red Cross.

"We're just a family bike organization that likes to do anything we can for the community, you know, let people know there are people out there who still care," Rumblin' Around the Ridge president Jeremy McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin started Rumblin' Around the Ridge several years ago with his wife.

"When we first started a few years ago, a friend of ours couldn't afford to pay for his father's funeral," Rumblin' Around the Ridge treasurer Nicole McLaughlin said.

They hosted a bike ride to raise the money.

"It just spiraled from there," Nicole said. "Then a bunch of people came together wanting us to make it a club so we did that. We officially have been a club for a little over a year now so it kind of just keeps rolling."

Their latest project was raising money for the Red Cross.

"I always thought the American Red Cross was mainly a bus that drove around and sucked your blood," Jeremy said. "We had no idea that they do fire and disaster relief so we're trying to bring awareness to that and raise them some money."

"We know there's always a shortage so it's important to give back," Nicole said.

Their work does not stop there. Rumblin' Around the Ridge also hosts events to benefit the Special Olympics, anti-bullying organizations and more.

"We're happy we can help in any way," Nicole said.

"We get to do what we love while helping out the community," Jeremy said. "We've got a really great family."

With the event Saturday and two others Friday, Rumblin' Around the Ridge raised more than $1,200 for the Red Cross.

The group's next event is the Sidney Randall Memorial Scholarship Ride April 12. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Ridge High School Gym.

There is no fee for the ride, but all donations will go to the Sidney Randall Scholarship Fund.

The ride will end at the Walnut Ridge Park with food, drawings and live music.

For more information, call Nicole at 870-809-1466.

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