The American Red Cross is proud to not only support those affected by disaster when there is need, but also takes a lot of pride serving the responders that are there to help.
It's a common sight to see the Red Cross providing snacks, meals, and comfort to police officers and firefighters on scene during fires, floods, and tornadoes, so a group of those responders are celebrating ten years of giving back.
The 'Iron Warriors' is motorcycle club made up of firefighters and law enforcement officials both active and retired. This service club gives back to the communities they serve in by raising money and providing support for events.
Ten years ago, the chapter in North Dakota/Minnesota decided to start a motorcycle ride for Red Cross disaster relief as a 'thank you' for all the support they have received.
"They have helped us out so much over the years responding to the flooding and natural disasters so this one way we can give back to them," said Mike Cline, President of the club and Police Chief in Glyndon, MN.
The ride includes a five-hour trek with stops in various towns and ends with a dinner and silent auction in West Fargo, ND. During the ride, volunteers with the Red Cross follow them around and provide snacks and water.
"They have been so good to us over the years too," said Red Cross volunteer, Nancy Young. "This is an event I look forward to all year and we have so much fun following them around during the ride."
The Iron Warriors have donated over $10,000 to the Red Cross over the past decade and plan to continue riding for many years to come.