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10th Annual Cruising for the King’s Kids – Chelsea, Alabama

Written by  September 1, 2014

For over 30 years, the King’s Ranch and Hannah Homes have been home to hundreds of young people, women and children seeking refuge, hope and help from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, and other difficult circumstances. They also provide residential group home services in eighteen Christ-centered homes, located in three different counties, teaching the necessary skills and providing tangible services to help the residents heal from their devastating past, breaking the cycle of abuse, building healthy relationships and helping them to become independent, productive members of society.

On Saturday, August the 9th, Shay Sutton and the crew of fabulous volunteers gathered in the parking lot at Rider’s Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama as bikers rolled in for the 10th Annual Cruising for the King’s Kid’s Ride, benefiting the King’s Ranch. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years, and Cycle Connections is proud to have been there with them from the start. Everyone involved with this event are supper nice folks and really seem to enjoy being there, and the kids at the end of this ride really make it all worth wile. With the generosity of Arlington Properties and the Greater Birmingham Apartment Association, along with these volunteers, this has been a very successful event for the King’s Ranch.

It was a really beautiful morning as everyone gathered to register for the ride and roll the dice for their first shot at the big prize at the end of the day. They were calling for rain, so we were wondering how it would affect the turnout. It was hard to say at the start as bikes left at staggered times starting at 8 a.m. and the last one leaving at 9 a.m.

We were the second or third group out, but ended up being the first ones to pull into the parking lot of the Barber Motorsports Museum. The rest of the riders took the scenic route. Here, the ride gathered its first sports car to add to the mix; an Aston Martin.

When everyone finished rolling in and made their second roll of the dice for the day, it was off to Hooters for the third roll, and where the group picked up a few more, including a few more sports cars.

Then it was off to the Ranch where the ride was met by a large group of cheering kids lining the road and waving flags. It was a beautiful sight for sure. They got the biggest kick out of all the bikes, and the bikers got an even bigger kick out of them.

There was so much food and so very many door prizes. They always have a ton of stuff donated for them to give away. They fed everyone well, handed out some cash from the 50/50 draw and of course to the winners of the dice roll. We then heard from some of the folks at the Ranch and talk with some of the kids. They were so happy about the whole event that they broke down and started dancing. It was so cool!

The threat of rain held back some of the riders, which is a shame, because it didn’t rain. At least not until the end, when God said, “I’ve waited long enough. You people got the ride in, ate, and did a little partying, so a little rain won’t hurt a thing right here, as you bringing out the big check!” It was a little funny as people scrambled for a minute. Some left, the rest were smart and just waited a bit for it to quit.

Even with all that, they still managed to hand them a big check in the amount of $31,150. Pretty impressive, thanks to the generosity of the Greater Birmingham Apartment Association, Arlington Properties, and the hard work of the many volunteers that turn out to help.

Many thanks to the riders who came out to support this event and to the people of the Kings Ranch for the great things you do with and for those kids!

To those of you who missed this ride, we hope to see you next year!