COPPERAS COVE — Anthony Carter and his son, Devyn, viewed 10 miles of the city’s countryside from their bicycles for the first time Saturday during the 13th annual Cove House Classic Bike Tour.
“It’s a little more than I expected, but it’s fun,” said Carter, who was among about 115 residents who departed from the parking lot of First Baptist Church.
The nonprofit raised nearly $3,000 during the event, which will benefit Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter. Since June, the nonprofit has already served 100 residents, said Matt Moore, a member of the board of directors.
In addition to spending time outdoors with his 16-year-old son, Anthony Carter wanted to ride in the tour to learn more about the nonprofit and teach Devyn about the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.
“I wanted to get him out here to see the whole spirit of volunteering,” Carter said. “The biggest thing about humanity is trying to help those who are down at times. All I can do is teach my kids that and hope they teach it to their kids.”
While the nonprofit currently provides two to four weeks of housing for homeless residents, they plan to eventually provide long-term housing.
Moore said they host the biking event as a way to bring awareness to poverty and homelessness in the community.
“We want them to know that the Cove House exists,” Moore said. “For some people, homelessness isn’t even on their radar until they see a homeless person. Our goal is to provide a place for the homeless to go so they’re not as (many) in the community.”