Bikers join together carrying toys and cash donations to support The Salvation Army and make Christmas brighter for children of all ages. The convoy of bikes with toys strapped on the back or tucked in the saddle and many riders dressed in festive costume is indeed a sight to see. It is also a good reminder that though rough and tough on the exterior, many bikers have very big and generous hearts.
Thunder Bay Harley-Davidson is the place to be as the line-up starts at noon and the ride begins at 1 p.m., with the bikers arriving at the Salvation Army Community and Residential Services (CARS) on Cumberland St., N around 1:25 p.m. where they will present their gifts. The toys will be distributed to families during the Christmas season through the Salvation Army. Refreshments will be available before the ride and hot dogs afterwards.
“For many families with limited resources, providing gifts is a challenge,” said major Lori Mitchell, executive director for the Salvation Army Community and Residential Services. “This Christmas, many children in our city will know that they are loved and cared for through the thoughtful gifts the motorcycling community will bring to the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride.”
The Motorcycle Groups of Thunder Bay, including the Harley Owners Group, Ontario Retreads, Superior Riders, Bikers for Christ, Widows Son Masonic Riders Association, Fallen Souls and Veterans UN/NATO Canada, as well as independent riders and clubs from across the region come out to support this very special event.
The annual ride usually brings in between 100 and 150 toys and more than $500 in monetary donations. Donations–toys and monetary–can be dropped off at Thunder Bay Harley-Davidson or The Salvation Army CARS.
For more information, go to satbcars.com or call (807) 345-6492.—Katheryn Stewart-Bruni