Hundreds ride for Toy Run

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

DENISON, TX -- Nearly a thousand bikers on motorcycles rode throughout Grayson County Sunday. They are riding to support the Salvation Army's efforts this holiday season. Event organizers say it’s moving to see the toy run grow each year.

A rider known only as ‘Tattoo Bob’ helped found the event more than a decade ago, and says he chokes up to see how it's grown...

"There are so many people that have hard times, may be down on their luck a little bit, and there are so many of us that are blessed, that we can contribute a little," he says.

The 13th annual toy run for kids started at the Autoplex in Denison and ended at Loose Wheels in Sherman. Everyone person was required to donate two canned goods and one toy or a minimum of ten-dollars to participate.

Organizers say Sunday’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the Salvation Army. One participant says the toy run is fun to take part in because it brings people of all backgrounds together for a good cause.

"It gets everybody together for things that they really need to be doing."

Organizer Robin Warfield says seeing all the donations at the end of the day makes everyone feel like they really made a difference.

"Everyone involved, everyone who comes out gets to feel like they've accomplished something today, when we give that great big check to the Salvation Army," Warfield says.

A record number of people participated, 960 bikes at last count. Officials are still tallying up the amount of money and toys earned, by riding to help families across Texoma this holiday season.

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  • by Sherman Location: Texas on Dec 3, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    Adan, they did get real news in Texas, there is no real news in Oklahoma....Hook Em Horns
  • by Adan Location: Ardmore on Dec 3, 2007 at 07:52 AM
    Do you guys know that there were 2 Toys For Tots Bike Rides in Ardmore this weekend? Also one of Distribution centers in the area donated over 10,000 for Toys for Tots!! This is something that should be on your weekend news. I think the only OK stuff you had was about OU. Get some real news and news about Oklahoma on the weekend. Your missing all the big stuff around our area!
  • by Stephen Dale Jones Location: Tom Bean on Dec 3, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    Just a quick note, I really enjoy riding in these type events, some years I have had the opportunity to ride in 13. It is a great feeling to be able to do a couple of things I love to do, help someone who needs it and ride with good people. Of course there are many that I would like to do, but money an work do not allow me to do them. From an old biker.
  • by Merry Melodies Location: Sherman on Dec 2, 2007 at 09:18 PM
    This is such a good thing for anyone that rides a motorcycle. I'm am so thankful that the news hasn't had to report about any of the bikers being plowed down by a soccer mom on the phone in an SUV in a hurry for a hair appointment, an 18 wheeler driver on crank, or any drunk driver (It's 5 o'clock somewhere). And most of all a hit and run by an illegal alien named ET. It can and does happen.
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