Wheeling for Healing

Missouri DAR is joining with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to host a Wounded Warriors Bike Ride on the 25th Anniversary of the KATY Trail on October 3rd, 2015. Money raised will go to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded service members.

The bike ride will take place along the length of the KATY Trail, from Clinton, Missouri to St. Charles Missouri. DAR chapters from all across the state are sponsoring 27 SAG (Support And Gear) stops along the trail. If you’re interested in riding our nation’s longest developed and most popular rail trail and also supporting our nation’s veterans, please sign up by April 1st.

For those who don’t wish to ride the day of the event, there are numerous other ways to donate and show your support for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Wheeling for Healing event.

Anyone can sponsor a rider. Visit the “Wheeling for Healing” Facebook page for more information and links to rider applications forms and pledge forms or email any questions to w4hkatyride@gmail.com.

Another way to help is by donating supplies for the Support and Gear stops.  Susan Miller is the coordinator for the Hartsburg SAG stop being sponsored by our local DAR chapter.  Some of the snack ideas that bike enthusiasts enjoy are apples, bananas, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, muffins, donuts, bagels, trail mix, snack mix, home baked goods, and frozen grapes.  Other supplies used at the SAG stops are water jugs, stamps, stamp pads, toilet paper, trash bags, paper cups and napkins, baby/hand wipes, hand sanitizer and pickles jars.

The pickle jars can also be placed at local businesses and retail shops to be used as collection jars for money and snacks.  They are also used for tips on the day of the ride.  All tips will go to Wheeling for Healing.

Jerseys and T-Shirts can also be purchased as a way of supporting the project.  Jerseys are $55 (adult sizes only) each and the cost for T-Shirts is $15 (adult and child sizes).  Jersey and T-Shirt orders can be made through our local DAR chapter (Susan Miller, 660-945-3757) or by contacting w4hkatyride@gmail.com.

October 2015 also marks the 125th anniversary of DAR. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org. Missouri Daughters have been serving their communities since 1894. If you are interested in joining, please contact Susan Miller at (660) 945-3757 or at smillerjafra@yahoo.com .

Submitted by MSSDAR Susan Miller