Most of the riders, volunteers, and organizers have taken vacation and personal time in order to participate in today's ride. Families of our missing gathered last night for a family dinner to welcome new families, reconnect with others, and lean on each other as we all know and understand the importance of events like this. I pray this initiative and mission spreads to other branches of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It isn't about raising money, but instead the focus is on the children ~ a necessary and important place to direct our attention.
At this time there are five Rides for Missing Children in New York State. If you are interested in starting something like this in your area or state, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offices in New York for more information. I'm sure they would love to help ignite a campaign of rides across the country to raise awareness for our missing, keep our children safe, and share hope with those in need.
As the ride progresses today I plan to take pictures and post them to Facebook in hopes those not able to attend might enjoy in this powerful day.