Riding for recovery, dozens attend Pine Harbour fire benefit

Donations were accepted during the festival following the ride.


GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- The roar of engines and string of bikers brought tears to many eyes Saturday.

The emotion was thick as a group of benefit riders approached the Food Lion parking lot on Red Bank Road.

"I'm crying because people care," said Judith Frelish.

Frelish, like most victims of the fire at Pine Harbour Apartments, lost everything she owned. From furniture to baby clothes, she is now desperately in need.

That need is why Faye Holmes, a member of Tri County Bikers, organized the charity ride. For $10 anyone wanting to join the cause could ride together from the Cycle Gear store on Dorchester Road to the Food Lion Plaza just a mile or so from the Pine Harbour complex. All money raised from the ride will be split amongst those displaced from the fire.

"I'm thankful for these people being here and trying to donate money for us," said Frelish. "I'm going to struggle. I've got so many bills that I don't know what I'm going to do."

A festival was held on the lawn of the plaza after the ride. Jump castles, barbecue, clothes and support were all given away for free.

"Everybody, no matter what group you are in, we're all human, and we all have compassion for other people," said Donavon Jackson.

Jackson woke up Saturday morning knowing nothing about the charity ride. He decided to join in after seeing the group assembling at Cycle Gear. Just a few minutes after meeting some of the victims he was brought to tears.

"I feel sorry for the families. Something like that can be devastating," he said.

It's feelings like Jackson's that continue to fuel the recovery, a recovery the community has banded together to create.

"I feel that they are feeling our pain. As they rode their motorcycles today, I know they knew our pain," Frelish said.