An afternoon riding around the Tri-State Area will have a huge effect on many of our area residents.
This year's Red Knights Ride for a Reason was able to bring in $8,342.47. This money will be divided between the Red Knights' Victims of Fire Fund and the Coats for Kids program, with each receiving $4,171.24.
Both charities help many in our communities, and we congratulate the Red Knights and all those involved in putting together this great event every year.
The Victims of Fire Fund provides financial assistance to those who have been affected by house fires in some way, whether it be to help with the costs of replacing belongings, assisting with hotel costs or, in the worst cases, helping with funeral expenses.
Families in many of our local communities in Brooke, Hancock and Jefferson counties have been helped by this group.
Coats for Kids, which is a collaboration between the Salvation Army and WTOV-TV, raises money to purchase warm, winter coats for local children who otherwise would have gone without one during the colder months.
The program has benefited hundreds of children each year since its inception.
According to organizers, this has been the best year for the Ride for a Reason event, with money raised and participation continuing to increase.
We can only hope this trend continues and encourage area resident who wish to help out to watch out for next year's ride.