Ector County Angels Fundraiser and Bike Ride 1/12/14
CBS 7 News
January 12, 2014
Bikers hit the roads of Midland/Odessa today to help raise money and awareness for a local non-profit organization.
The goal? Helping those in need find a better place to call home.
What started as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing under-privileged children with Christmas presents has expanded to helping families in need with basic necessities like clothing, bedding, and now homes.
From hogs, to sport bikes; all types of riders hit the streets today. Eighty bikes in all.
But today this ride took on a different tone after visiting some families in need during the holidays.
"Whenever we started delivering these gifts and food and clothes and blankets to these different homes, we started realizing, wow, these arenít even livable conditions," says Ector County Angels Vice President Brandon Vanhuss.
Vanhuss talked about one home they saw, which we featured on CBS 7 News yesterday.
One woman and her children were living in a tiny travel trailer. The roof was caving in and it was covered in mold. Those visits were eye opening for the group. They knew those families needed more than just Christmas presents.
"We're now going to build families like these homes," says Vanhuss.
The Angels have already purchased land and are currently taking bids from contractors to begin construction on two new homes. They hope to build an entire compound of homes to meet the needs of families in the area.
But, it's not just a free hand out.
"If you live there, you will give back to the community, you will be productive and youíll just give back to come of the people who have helped you," says Vanhuss.
Ector County Angels says to be on the lookout for more events this spring and summer.
Once the weather warms up, they plan to start holding more fundraisers like todayís.