FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFTA) — Need knows no boundaries and it just so happens kindness and generosity do not either. A group of bikers are only too happy to challenge whatever stereotypes you might lump them in, as they go about providing a helping hand to children.
Riders United 4 Children takes the biker lifestyle, and all the freedom and exhaust noise that comes with it, and combines it with a sense of family as well as purpose to help children.
“Riders United 4 Children, we help all around,” the Riders United 4 Children Fort Smith Chapter President proudly shared.
The president of the Fort Smith Chapter of Riders United 4 Children could not be prouder of how the club strives to be a beacon of support. The members asked that their names not be revealed as a way to prevent them from becoming targets of child predators. Despite the secrecy, it only took a moment to learn how deep their dedication to helping children runs.
“Our organization was started ten years ago [with] the main goal to end child abuse and neglect,” the RU4C Co-Founder and National President explained. “But we also realize that there are so many other kids that need help.”
The RU4C Co-Founder and National President said he made it the club’s mission to aid families at children’s hospitals, children in need and autistic children though mentoring, providing school supplies, as well as holiday gifts. Perhaps you don’t see a child’s protector when you look at the burly build of these bikers, or the leather cut they wear but you would be wrong.
“It can’t be just doctors, lawyers, schools, us,” the RU4C Co-Founder and National President shared. “It has to be everybody and we’re trying to educate the public on child abuse and neglect.”
The Fort Smith Chapter President points to the nature of those who make up the membership of the club as why they are so committed to the toy drives and providing the essentials kids need.
“They make sure that every kid is taken care of, no matter what race, creed, color, religion, it’s just all about the kids and the families,” the Fort Smith Chapter President said.
The RU4C crew let us know that even though their members have their own needs to address, there is just something special about being there for a child or family that is going through a difficult time.
“When you touch them in a positive way, and you’re not looking for anything in return, you sleep well at night,” the Fort Smith Chapter President offered sincerely.
RU4C has multiple chapters in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, and members have been screened through a background check. They are currently collecting money to help a cerebral palsy patient obtain a device that will help her communicate and they would appreciate your support.
Click here to learn more about the club and how you can help them.