Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Eldridge Run with The Gintown Bunch

Written by  Christin Elders January 7, 2022

                     Photo’s & Article By: Christin Elders

18YRS COUNTING AND GROWING!!! Another beautiful year with some beautiful people... The precious Children, amazing bikers, beautiful car show, and so much more. Let's not forgot the wonderful food they serve each year; the Gintown Lowlife Society Family 11th year. And it only gets bigger and bigger. Such a heartwarming feeling. Not just the first time we go but every time. This is what we do and are about! Period.

 

   We love our own children and these precious children are just like our own. GLSF raised a total of $3,500 for the year of 2021 and already begun raising for this year... GLSF is a family who is like-minded and gives a hand up to children, families in need and our Veterans... We love to come together as a family and plan benefits, runs and activities for the children. Just some Lowlife's giving a hand up!!!

Let me tell you a little about The Eldridge Children's home... Providing a loving home for hurting children The Free Will Baptist Children’s Home is a unique, Christian, residential child-care ministry for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18. Their purpose is to offer a haven of hope and healing to children struggling with life’s challenges and turbulent domestic situations. The Eldridge Toy Run began in 2002 when a small group of motorcycle riders from Alabama and Mississippi became aware of the Children’s Home. just as us, the Gintown Lowlife Family, they wanted to help in some way, and thought it would be a great idea to organize a toy run benefit for the children.

At the first Toy Run on December 6, 2003, there were 175 motorcycle riders. The ride started with riders in Amory, MS, and then rode towards Eldridge, AL, picking up riders at meeting places along the way in Sulligent, Guin, and Winfield. That first event raised $7,000 in cash and approximately $7,000 in gifts. Fast forward to present day, when more than 2,000 people gather for the Toy Run at the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home! There were more than 800 motorcycles and many antique cars and other show vehicles. Motorcycles have come from all across the country, as far as New York, Las Vegas, and the Florida Keys. Around 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of every December is a very special time.

All of the staff, children, and onlookers gather as the first of the larger groups begin to arrive on the property. It’s hard to describe the feeling that comes over you as you watch all the motorcycles pour in. It's indescribable, just something you have to experience in order to understand such a happy overwhelming feeling of excitement. To know that so many people would take the time out of their busy schedules to come and support the Home means so much to all of us—especially on the days that it’s cold, rainy, or both! But as a biker myself, and I'm sure all can agree that a true biker rides no matter the conditions... Donations for the Run!

This isn’t your ordinary Toy Run! 100% of the Eldridge Toy Run proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home—these funds are used to sustain the Home for the entire year. This event has grown so much that participants don’t actually donate toys—designated sponsors get the children gifts from their Christmas wish lists, and the money raised by the event goes into the Home’s general fund. This year, 2021 there were a total of 1700 motorcycles and with our, y'all and everyone else's help they were able to surpass the total and it's record... $150,000 and counting. Wow, God is good... There is still good in this world and I've always believed this to be true. We can't wait until the first Saturday of this year to feel that heartwarming feeling all over again... Much love and respect, Intimidator Council/GLSFIMG 9411IMG 9410IMG 9413IMG 9414IMG 9415IMG 9416IMG 9417IMG 9418IMG 9419IMG 9420IMG 9421IMG 9422IMG 9423