Although it’s only September, one group is planning ahead for the Holidays.
“It’s for the kids, it’s a good event. Sure, it gives them -you know- a lot of kids, often, nowadays don’t have toys and stuff for Christmas. And it gives them a chance to give them a toy and -you know- help out.” said Marvin “Ace” Wallace, ABATE District 2 Representative.
Even Santa Claus, himself, is pitching in.
“A beautiful ride with dozens and dozens and dozens of my biker brothers. And of course, raising some well-needed toys and funds for Christmas. I can’t do it all, you know.” said Santa Claus.
Last year, the District 2 American Bikers Aiming Towards Education, also known as ABATE raised $2,500 with their Toy Run.
“There are a lot of unfortunate families and everything around the whole world, and we’re lucky enough to live in a state that it’s not as common, but there still are some out there, and any kind of support that we can give them is pretty awesome.” said Jorgia Boehler, Motorcyclist.
The bikers were led by a police escort across town to the Sleep Inn to hand over the toys to the Salvation Army.
“We’re just a unity of bikers. You know, you’re going to have probably 12 different clubs here, getting along to do -help Ace and the other representatives of ABATE do something good.” said Sid Lavallie, VP of New Horizon Motorcycle Club.
The toys will be given to children in the Ward County area for Christmas.
“Merry Christmas and ride safe.” said Santa Claus.