COLUMBUS, Ga. "News 3 Neighbors" is a new segment designed to tell the stories of people in our area who go the extra mile for their community. James Cole fits that category to a tee.
James is one of a dozen local motorcycle enthusiasts who left last Friday on a three-week ride across the lower 48 states to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. The ride is the brain child of Scott Ressmeyer of Country's Barbecue fame.
Last year fourteen riders participated. James Cole was one of them. When they returned from their three-week marathon ride, James was inspired to write a poem about their journey.
"A cry was heard so faint and low...if no one was listening who would know? So small and tiny these creatures be...yet so full of life we will all soon see. Woven in the secret place fearfully and wonderfully made...oh the potential for these ones that God has laid. With the breath of an angel I see a stir...a kick here, a stretch there, a miracle as it were.
"Something must be done...let's not pause...to carry awareness for this great cause. There is a group I know that likes to ride bikes...and they would love to help these little tykes. Yes said one, and then there was two...then three and then there was four. And before the count was done...there was fourteen in a row.
"Off they went on their mounted steeds...to proclaim to others of this great need. Across this country over hills so high and valleys so low...carrying the message these guys, fourteen in a row. With hats and dusters all dressed alike...blazing across this great country, what a sight. People look and want to know...what is this all about these fourteen in a row?
"It's about children in need of a helping hand...and we are all trying the best we know how to help them stand. Forty-eight states in twenty-one days...no hesitation for we have funds to raise. Because one never knows the effort they bestow...who knows, one might grow up to be one of the fourteen in a row."
James has felt the call again. He is riding as this is written on his third "Miracle Riders" journey. They are scheduled to return to Columbus on Friday, May 24th.
If you know someone who goes out of their way to volunteer, who's a good neighbor with an inspirational story to tell, send an email to Phil Scoggins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call Phil at (706) 323-3333, ext. 225.