Independent Riders for Children's Charities celebrates 25 years of riding for a good cause

More than $50,000 has been raised and hundreds of toys donated to charities

By Jamie Perez |

Published 08/27 2016 05:10PM

Updated 08/27 2016 10:48PM

The Independent Riders for Children's Charities is celebrating 25 years of riding for a good cause. Their sole purpose is raising money for charities in Northwest Iowa. 
Every year, around 80 to 100 people come together to ride 140 miles round trip near Le Mars and all those who participate donate $15 and a toy that primarily goes to Head Start to give children a better life. 
"Bringing the toys just before Christmas and giving it to Head Start and giving it to the teachers; we've seen tears, we've seen people leaping in the air because they're so excited over all the wonderful things we bring, that's my favorite part. I love riding today too, but that day, delivering the toys, has to be the biggest reward," says Karen Paulsen, one of the organizers of the Independent Riders for Children and Charities. 
Some of the participants in Saturday's ride came from as far as Kansas City. 
Over the past 25 years, they've raised more than $50,000 dollars for local charities and bring kids at
HeadStart several hundred toys every Christmas. 


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