The David Johnston Memorial Post 283 of the American Legion is seeking motorcyclists and others who want to aid sick kids at Nationwide Children's Hospital through an upcoming bike rally.
On Saturday, June 2, American Legion members from throughout the region will take part in "Ride for the Kids." Motorcyclists and other drivers are invited to ride from American Legion Post 317, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. in Wellston, to Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road in Pickerington, to raise money and collect comfort items for patients at Children's Hospital.
The ride begins at the Wellston American Legion at 9 a.m., and will make stops at Legion Post 78 in Logan (10:30 a.m.) and Post 376 in Junction City (11:30 a.m.), before ending in Pickerington (approximately 2 p.m.).
Riders and drivers are invited to take the whole trip or join the rally at any of the Legion posts.
The cost is $10 for riders and vehicle drivers, and $5 for each passenger, with proceeds going to purchase comfort items such as pop-up books, washable dolls, Play-Doh and more for children who are staying in the hospital.
Those who can't ride but still would like to contribute can drop off wish-list or monetary donations at any of the Legion posts on the route.
A list of wanted items is available at nationwide-childrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/wish-list-for-donations.
"This is something the Wellston Post is putting together for the first time to get all of our district posts together and participating for a charity event," said Charlotte Chamberlain, treasurer of the Post 283 riders group.
"It's for Children's Hospital, and it's getting items off their wish list ... for patients and families, like games and comfort items."
Checks to support the event also can be mailed to: Wellston ALR Chapter 371, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., Wellston, Ohio, 45692. In the memo space, write "Children's Hospital Run."
"People who want to ride can pick up at any stop," Chamberlain said. "People who can't make it can come to the Pickerington Legion post and donate, or they can donate at stops along the way.
"We also hope to pick up more riders and donations at each stop."
Chamberlain noted the ride is not limited to American Legion members. Anyone can participate.
"It's just a great cause," she said. "You're helping kids.
"You're helping provide comfort when they need it."
Prospective riders can register and join the ride at any stop. Ayone with questions can contact Jim Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 740-447-3841.