From California to Florida Bikers create Christmas Magic Every Year across the USA. The Toys for Tots program is hosted by all forms of groups: tv stations, associations, clubs and more, however, Motorcycle clubs and associations will have hundreds show up for a Toys for Tots ride and have loads of toys donated for the program each year.We at AMERiders participate in rides in our hometowns and when we can’t we make sure that our donations are received at a donation spot.
What is Toys for Tots?
Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. This is done by collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally, veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
Bikers and the Toys for Tots Program
As temperatures struggled to reach down into the 40s and lower, bikers will turn out in force for their annual Toys For Tots Run across the USA. Dressed in layers of heavy clothing topped with leather jackets and chaps, riders will ride into parking lots as singles, doubles and sometimes groups, each carrying a toy of some type to donate.
Some cities will have so many bikes that it seems like a parade. For instance, 1,200 motorcycles paraded their way through Greenville, South Carolina with presents in tow for their Run. It’s estimated the bikers delivered about 1,400 gifts. Chicagoland does a Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade every year and Organizers say about 68,000 motorcycles rode this year, filling nearly two large trailers with donated toys.
Who said bikers don’t show Christmas spirit or have a little Christmas Magic up our sleeves… I’ll bah humbug them lmao.
So just remember when you hear that loud rumble and you see red white and black…Not all of Santa’s helpers wear bright colors and ride in sleighs. Some prefer leather and motorcycles instead.
~And as always….
~Live Free Ride Hard~
Let AMERiders show you how Bikers create Christmas Magic Every Year across the USA.
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