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Bikers bring gifts to those in need

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Updated: 12/07/2013 7:34 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) -- While Saturday's cold weather kept many people inside, a group of bikers headed out on a mission.

"Rain or shine, the ride goes on," Eldridge Children's Home Benefit Team member Timothy Heal said.

This is the 11th year the bikers have driven to the Eldridge Children's Home in Alabama to bring some holiday cheer.

The 19 children at the home each receive presents from the bikers for Christmas.

"It's a little cold, but hey, it's going be worth it all when we get up there and see those children," Eldridge Children's Home Benefit Team co-founder Phil Frye said.

In 2002, Frye and his friend saw how much of a need there was at the home.
 
Since then, they have been encouraging all to donate.

"It's just whatever between you and the good Lord, what you want to give," Frye added.

Frye said this year's ride saw fewer people than previous years because of the weather.

He said there is usually more than a hundred motorcycles.

"The bikers have such a big heart for children," Frye said.

Biker Barbara Evans said that is exactly why she rides in the event: to see so many happy children.

"They're excited, they're excited," Evans said. "This is one thing they look forward to."

She said the group raised $82,000 for the home through the event and online donations last year.

She said the support from the community is overwhelming.

"There'll be people walking up here today to hand us money to take up there," Evans said. "If they can't come, they'll give us money to take."

The funds generated from the event also give each child a scholarship when they turn 18.

"They're real grateful for having it and that encourages them to go to college," Heal said.

The bikers said the community's support through the years not only means so much to them but to the children at the home as well.
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