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Bikers raise toys for kids

Published On: Oct 07 2012 04:51:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 07 2012 09:55:07 PM CDT

KRDO Newschannel 13's Dana Molina tells about the effort to gather toys for needy kids ahead of Christmas.


Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Colorado Springs Sunday to raise toys for kids in need.

Bikers and other groups including the U.S. Army, Marines and Toys for Tots came together for the 25th annual High Country Toy Run.

“It is to support kids in need at Christmas in Southern Colorado,” said event organizer Jim Wear.

To participate, bikers had to bring one new toy.

“Every year, the motorcyclists here in Southern Colorado gather for this event,” Wear said. “Some of the most generous people you would ever want to meet, and we always do very well for the kids.”

He said on average, the group collects enough toys for 4,000 to 5,000 children, including children of soldiers stationed at Fort Carson. The program Mountain Post Santa’s Workshop works to distribute the toys.

“It's a very heartwarming experience,” said Mountain Post Santa’s Workshop director Erin Schoenfeldt. “To see the happiness on their faces, to know that they're going to have something for their kids to open up on Christmas morning, it's a really great feeling to have.”

To donate toys to the Mountain Post Santa's Workshop, click here.


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