MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Addiction to drugs and alcohol can destroy families and bring you down a deadly road. Bikers from across the Coast joined Gov. Phil Bryant and took to the road in hopes of raising money for people battling addictions.
Motorcycles lined the tarmac at Trent Lott Airport in Moss Point as folks revved up for the annual Hog Ride, put on by Home of Grace addiction and recovery organization.
"Almost every family has someone that needs help. So, when we have an event like this, we just have people who come out of the woodworks who say, 'I am so glad you do what you do, because I have a family member or friends who needs your program,'" Home of Grace Executive Director Josh Barton said.
The recovery program currently serves nearly 200 men and women battling addictions to drugs and alcohol at its sites in Vancleave and Gautier. Rodney Williams graduated from the program.
"I got blown up cooking methamphetamine June 19, 2002, and I turned my life to the Lord because my life was wreck. The Lord directed me to go to the Home of Grace," Williams said.
This 44 mile charity ride from Moss Point to Gulfport was a major fundraiser to continue the mission of rehabilitating the needy.
"There are people calling us every day begging for help," said Barton.
Bryant agrees there's a huge need. In fact, Bryant led the Home of Grace Hog Ride, hoping to bring more attention to the dangers of addiction across the state.
"It is one of the reasons, the largest reason, for suicide in Mississippi that people, young people in particular, get addicted to some drugs and they can't get out of that downward spiral and often times, they take their lives," Bryant said.
Bryant said after the ride is over, he hopes people continue to give to the program, because it really does help save lives.
"If you do help, and you really want to give your money, somebody that does a lot of good, Home of Grace, is always there. There's very low cost in administration and most of all this money we will raise today will go to scholarships," said Bryant.