In the fall of 2009, my wife and myself moved from Pulaski, Virginia to Davy, West Virginia to be closer to my parents as they were getting older and were experiencing some health problems.
Christmas Eve of that year, we had been visiting with family in Princeton, West Virginia and pulled up in my parents’ driveway to see that the house had burned completely to the ground and was still in flames. Luckily, my parents and all pets were safe. My mother, who was almost 65 at the time, had a few cuts and bruises because she had to jump from a 15 foot high window. The house and everything in it was a total loss. Fortunately, we had a neighbor that was living with family out of state and let us stay in her home temporarily.
I was contacted shortly after by the owner of VTXCafe.com asking me if there was anything the site could do to help. After several conversations, I agreed to let the site help out. A couple of other sites joined in. Within a couple of days, the boxes of clothing, packages and supplies began to arrive. In less than 2 weeks, we had one whole room full of boxes stacked nearly from floor to ceiling. As well, people were donating money to my family too (my parents didn’t have any insurance on the home).
There were people from all over the world contributing without even questioning the validity…just willing to help a family in need. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all that everyone was doing for us. After everything died down and we had time to look over the cash contributions…along with what my wife and I had planned on using for a home, we had enough to put a sizable down payment on the home we now live in.
In July, 2010, we hosted what became the first summer ride here simply as a way to thank everyone on the couple of websites that so kindly helped my family when we needed it. The ride has grown from 10 motorcycles that first ride in 2010 to over 60 in 2014.
The ride is a two or three day event and I take everyone on a planned motorcycle ride each day with us having a big cookout on Saturday locally to feed everyone.