November 19, 2005--Posted at 8:45 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR--Christmas is a little over a month away, and children across Region 8 are dreaming of opening up presents full of toys on Christmas morning. But some kids aren't so fortunate to have their dream come true.
It's a sign of the times as Santa traded in his reindeer this Christmas for a pack of hogs. Santa, his elves, and over 400 motorcyclists were in the holiday spirit today for the 21st Annual Association M.C. and American Bikers Aimed Towards Education District 2 Toy Run.
"We have people from all over assembled to do this run that come and help us every year we raise toys," said event organizer Curtis Kirksey.
It's a good time for some good friends who are spreading joy this Christmas season.
"It's for underprivaledged kids that wouldn't have a Christmas if we weren't out here doing this," said Kirksey.
The only cost for entry for the bike rally was a new unwrapped toy for the D.A.R.E. program. The D.A.R.E. program will then take those toys and redistribute them to children less fortunate here in Region 8.
"We distribute the toys to the kids who if it weren't for the bikers they wouldn't get any toys for Christmas," said D.A.R.E. officer, Craig Lawson.
They are toys that will go along way this Christmas.
"Just by guessing I would say we could probably help around 600 if not more than that," said Lawson.
For local bikers in the area helping out those in need is something they do regularly.
"Well we like to think we make a big impact on the community and hope it all goes well," said Kirksey.
At the end of the day it is a fun event that puts a warm feeling in the hearts of these bikers.