While the Ride for Missing and Exploited Children isn't new, each year's energy and passion is new and renewed. Riders, volunteers, and sponsors gear up and finalize preparations for the 2015 ride with commitment rides, school visits, and interviews. Each of these raise awareness for this mission and educate the public and especially, our children. Last month, Dick Jordan and John Hemmel Jr. joined Joe Kelly for an interview on the "Joe Kelly Show".
Each photo below is a link to the three part video interview. A special thanks to Otto Isenberg for sharing the links on the ride page for those of us who live out of town to be able to view it.
Dick and John explain how the ride started, the mission of the ride, and discuss a little about "The Ride of Hope" that will start the morning after this year's annual ride in the Mohawk Valley. If you'd like to learn more about this ride and mission, click on the photos, they are labeled.
These are photos I took last summer during one of their summer rides. Men, women, and teens dedicated to educating our children and bringing the missing and exploited home.
During the interview, Joe Kelly, who was one of the initial seven to participate in The Ride of Hope, asks how people can donate to help support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and their Ride for Missing Children. As part of this online form you can make your gift in honor or memory of someone, like our sweet Heidi Allen. You can also designate it for The Ride for Missing Children or The Ride of Hope in memory of someone.
Thank you in advance if you click on the link to give a gift to the center. My sister, Heidi Allen, hoped to work with children one day, especially those who needed a little extra love and support.
To support this organization and these two events in memory of Heidi, is one way her name and desire is carried forward. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is, and will always, be a blessing we count.
To volunteer, share, and give back to them is one way we are able to show appreciation. Thank you NCMEC and all involved in the rides, you make a difference each and every day...may your mission to "Make our children safer, one child at a time." continue to be a reality!
Thank you NCMEC, Ride for Missing & Exploited Children,
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323