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POSTED: February 12, 2010 9:06 a.m.
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What seemed like a dreary and cold Saturday for most Hinesville residents wasn’t for several area motorcycle clubs and the American Red Cross.
The brisk Feb. 6 morning marked a commitment made by motorcycle groups to convene in the Walmart parking lot for a 50-mile “Ride for Relief” for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
The bike enthusiasts rode a course marked by moss-covered oaks lining streets filled with the history of South Georgia. The journey ended with a clubhouse meeting where participants enjoyed food, fellowship and laughter.
True Soldiers motorcycle club spokesman James Carter said, “It is our pleasure on behalf of the riders here today to present the American Red Cross this check in the amount of $610 for the Haiti Relief Effort.”  The crowd applauded as Denese Register, Liberty County Red Cross representative, thanked everyone who rode.
True Soldiers Motorcycle of Hinesville organized the ride and other clubs that participated included the #1 Stunnas, TSMC, WWR, Extreme Concepts, TruRyderz of Columbus, Unique Social Club, Ladies of Distinction, Trendsetters MC, Knee Draggaz, Undisputed Rydaz, Front Rydaz and Classy Ladies.
“The American Red Cross has also received an outpouring of monetary contributions, along with a collection of much needed items, such as water, medical supplies, tents and immunizations, for Haiti from many area organizations,” Register said. “We are fortunate to have the confidence and support of Liberty County residents as well as the American public, and we take seriously the responsibility of stewarding funds entrusted to [the Red Cross’] care for Haiti relief and other relief efforts ... ”
Register said fundraising efforts by clubs like the True Soldiers are appreciated and needed. In addition, American Red Cross fundraisers like “Ride for Relief” can be organized to help Liberty County residents who lose their homes due to fires, floods, tornadoes or other natural disasters, she said.
“Acts of caring and compassion from groups in the community are encouraged by the American Red Cross for victims of disasters. Ideas and suggestions to rally support are needed,” Register said.
For more information, call Register at 651-5309 or e-mail registerd@savannahredcross.org.
 

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