Raising Money For The Red Cross

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September 11th is also known as the largest day of charitable engagement in the United States. A local motorcycle group helped demonstrate their act of charity today by hosting a fundraiser to benefit our local Red Cross. FOX 25/48’s Abigail Hantke has more.

September 11th is known as the largest annual day of charitable activity in the United States for many reasons.

“It’s a somber day in the fire service today with it being 9/11, 343 of our brothers and sisters died this day 15 years ago.”

And in part of remembering that day, the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, a group of retired and active firefighters, decided to give back to our local Red Cross hosting their first Ride for the Red.

“It’s not just being about the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, but being aware of what Red Cross does for our community.”

“The American Red Cross does so much for us on fire scenes, and around the community for fire prevention we wanted an opportunity to pay them back by putting on a fundraiser for them.”

And the local Red Cross chapter says it’s also a great way to build more community relationships.

“September 11 yes we did need a lot of blood at that time, but it also raised the awareness, and also any kind of emergencies, usually summer is really big for blood donations because everybody’s out and about vacations accidents.”

So unfortunately as the end of summer nears the need for blood donation increases, which is why the blood mobile is not here at this event today, along with the Red Cross emergency disaster vehicle which is down helping in Louisiana

Riders took off on an hour and a half ride to Cornell and Augusta to wrap up the event.

In Eau Claire, Abigail Hantke, FOX 25/48 News at Nine.

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