Hundreds of bikers participate in 25th annual "For the Kids" toy run

Published: Dec. 1, 2019 at 6:06 PM CST
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More than 700 bikers joined together in Grayson County Sunday to ride for a toy run benefiting the Salvation Army.

"We want all the kids in Grayson, Cooke, and Fannin County to have as many toys as possible, to be able to wake up and have something for Christmas and that's why we've all done it, it's all for the kids," event organizer Tonya Bell said.

Bell and Ro Bentley organized the 25th annual "For the Kids" Toy Run.

Bell said all of the money raised and toys donated go straight to the Salvation Army.

"Last year we wrote a check for $32,000 and we'd like to exceed that amount this year," Bell said.

Bikers gathered at Texoma Classic in Denison and rode their motorcycles to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Sherman.

The entry fee was an unwrapped toy and two canned goods, or ten dollars per person.

Bentley said it's all for one purpose.

"Our goal is to make a ton of people happy for Christmas," Bentley said.

Bell said it's the largest toy drive north of Dallas and south of Oklahoma City.

She says over 700 riders participated this year, including James Keel.

"It's a great time, it's a good cause, we all have a blast," Keel said.

Keel said it's his fourth year riding in the toy run, but he said they provide more than toys.

"It buys their clothes, shoes, food, all kinds of things, it pays their utility bills for people that can't do it, we do everything," Keel said.

Major Tex Ellis with the Grayson County Salvation Army said this fundraiser impacts kids beyond the holidays.

"The toys we get right now obviously go out at Christmas, and the food goes to supply our food pantry throughout the year," Elllis said.

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