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.