Husband and wife Tommy and Linda Pace, teachers in the White Hall School District, are joining friends in carrying out Christian principles in reaching out to those less fortunate.
“If more people were as devoted to helping others as much as just themselves, this would be a much better place,” said Tommy Pace, who added that giving one’s time and talents to help lift those in need is always a “very rewarding” experience.
On Saturday, April 19, the Paces and other members of the Kingdom Riders faith-based motorcycle club devoted the day to collecting donated food items and collecting monetary donations to support the White Hall Food Pantry. Tommy Pace said the agency needs assistance to keep up with increasing needs from a growing number of people struggling to make ends meet in a troubled economy.
The Paces, who reside in White Hall, and Mike and Celeste Frisby and B.J. Johnston of Sheridan manned a collection table outside Cranford’s Fresh World supermarket. In addition to gathering donated flour, sugar and canned goods, the Good Samaritans secured some $500 in monetary gifts. The money and food will go a long way in extending a hand of assistance to those who need it.
“Cranford’s made a sizable cash donation and allowed us to set up at their store,” noted Tommy Pace. “They’re a great community partner. People in White Hall are generous in helping others.”
Kingdom Riders — which the Paces describe as a ministry to which they’ve been called — was founded about 10 years ago and has eight members. Tommy Pace is the group’s president.
Kingdom Riders is a member of ABBA (Arkansas Baptist Bikers Association).
“Our goal is to minister to the biker community,” Tommy Pace said. “We have monthly meetings and sponsor three or four special events each year.”