Bikers collect toys for kids in central Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Saints and Sinners Riding Club is collecting toys for the kids in Mayflower and Vilonia.

The biker group is asking for toys of any kind to provide a positive distraction during this tough time.

"There's nothing to get their minds off what's going on besides our house is gone, all my toys are gone, and mom and daddy are crying," Saints and Sinners Riding Club member Ronnie Floyd said. "They don't understand. We wanted something for the kids because the grownups are gonna have their insurance, FEMA's going to be there to help out some. But right now, the kids got nothing."

The idea came easy to Floyd because he has been in their shoes.

"The tornado that hit Marmaduke in 2006, my family was devastated by it," Floyd said. "My nephew, when we went to see his house, he was only five. He looks at me and says, 'Uncle Ronnie, where's all my toys?' It hurt. It broke my heart. I remember looking in my nephew's eyes and that's why my heart's in this."

Floyd never wants to see that look in another child's eyes.

"It's gonna be hard for us going up there to look the kids in the face and see that, but we've gotta do it," Floyd said.

It's not just the Saints and Sinners Riding Club doing this.

"We've come up with it, but all of the biker community, when we said something about it, they all came together," Floyd said. "Nobody asked no questions. It was, 'Yeah, we're in.' It's about kids so they were all about it."

Floyd expects more than 100 bikes to ride to Mayflower and Vilonia to personally hand out the toys and play with the kids.

The Saints and Sinners Riding Club invites the entire community to help them deliver the toys. The group will leave from its clubhouse on Highway 49 across from Homeplace Furniture at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3. 

"We're gonna go up there to make them feel better," Floyd said. "That's what our goal is: to show them a little heart, show them some love. That's what it's all about."

If anyone would like to donate, drop off the toys at these locations:

  • Kennett: I Cell Phones and Bootheel Marine
  • Jonesboro: Pagan's Jewelry and Big Bore Bikes
  • Paragould: Saints and Sinners Clubhouse on Highway 49 across from Homeplace Furniture
  • All drop off locations are open Thursday and Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.

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