Hillbilly Christmas in July ride brings early holiday to kids in hospital

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) For the ninth year, a group of bikers took off toward Lexington to help young patients at the Shriner's Hospital.

The riders raised money and collected enough toys to fill a trailer that they plan on delivering next week.

"Shriner's Hospital is really close to my heart because we have so many children from this area that are in that hospital," said Hillbilly Christmas in July organizer Jimmy Kinney, "And we just see such good things that happen with our kids, and we're fortunate to have a hospital that will do what they do for our kids."

Around 150 riders began Sunday morning from the Pikeville Harley-Davidson, and more riders joined in during the journey.

"When all those kids come in there for a four or five hour wait," said Shriner's Hospital member George Hill, "If we're able to get them a little toy to make their day a little better, I think that's a really good thing."

Organizers say they're never surprised at the amount of support the community gives.

"We have a close bond with this group around here and I know this community here is just great," said Kinney, "They're open for anything we do. When you come with a charity like we do with the Shriner's Hospital, everybody jumps on board. "

If you'd like to help the group, visit hillbillychristmasinjuly.org.

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