Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Bikers' ride helps the needy

  • There are no crossroads for some area motorcyclists, when it comes to whether or not they should help those in need.
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  • There are no crossroads for some area motorcyclists, when it comes to whether or not they should help those in need. Cross Road Riders Motorcycle Ministry hosted its first Chemin-A-Haut Toy Run and Chili Cookout on Saturday, Oct. 20 and the financial proceeds, food and toys collected went to benefit needy families. “We were pleased with the event,” said Wilma Ann Arant, Cross Road Riders Motorcycle Ministry treasurer. “It was very successful. We collected a lot of toys, canned goods and about $500.” Participants of the event met at Walmart on Saturday morning for registration, line-up and brought toys and canned goods for donations. Then at 2 p.m., bikers left for a ride, and everyone else met at Chemin-A-Haut State Park for chili, refreshments and a chance to win door prizes. “The motorcyclists rode through Mer Rouge and Jones, and then met us at the park afterwards,” she said. “It was a beautiful day and the park brought back so many happy memories for me. It was a great event.” Arant said about 33 motorcyclists rode in the toy run, and the community was generous with their support as well. “The community and area merchants really supported us,” Arant said. “People that did not attend the event helped by providing prizes and donating money.” Cross Road Riders Motorcycle Ministry is a group of motorcyclists from Northeast Louisiana and surrounding areas that are in association with Bikers for Christ. “We are motorcycle enthusiasts from all denominations,” she said. “We are always looking for new members. We are Christian bikers who like riding and helping the community.” Arant said they initially planned on hosting the event in September, but wanted to do something to help Ride for Hope, so they rescheduled. “We usually do something in conjunction with the Fair,” she said.”But the Fair came earlier than usual this year. Plus we wanted to work with Ride for Hope because they are very supportive of us too.” Arant said Cross Road Riders Motorcycle Ministry has been helping families in need for about five years now. “We help Angel Tree, an organization that helps children with incarcerated parents, by adopting some families at Christmas time,” she said. “We get lists of children's sizes, Christmas wishes and needs, then we try to make those wishes happen. We also prepare Christmas dinner for families.” For more information on Cross Road Riders Motorcycle Ministry, call Arant at 355.5319 or 281.7362.
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