by Tashun Chism
At the Union Cafe in Nacogdoches, the Driving Jacks, an organization that hosts a safe ride program, spent the day hosting their "Jail-n-Bail" fundraiser. Each Driving Jack had to call friends to "bail them out" with a donation. The goal was a minimum of $100 for each Driving Jack.
"All the money that we make with our bail will go to our general Driving Jacks fund. And with that, that's what we'll use to rent cars from Enterprise and give free rides home," said Driving Jacks Director of Fundraising Matt Bodin.
The Driving Jacks give those who've had too much to drink free rides home Thursday through Saturday from 10pm to 3am. They say the money they earn from fundraisers like the Jail-n-Bail is necessary to keep the safe ride program going.
"What we're trying to do is we're trying to make more money with fundraising. That way we can get more cars and give quicker service. Because it's kind of hard since we only have one car right now," Bodin added.
However, even with only one car, the Driving Jacks have already provided more than 300 rides this year. People in Nacogdoches tell us they're glad the Driving Jacks are a part of the community.
"They're taking out their time from studying, from school, from everything, their commitments, to come out here and make sure that students are getting home safe. And that's keeping a lot of people alive around here and keeping them safe," SFA student and Jail-n-Bail donor Austin Brown told us.