WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen were replaced by Honda, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson as the 21st annual Toys for Tots Bike Ride Attempted to rumble up some gifts for the less fortunate. If you missed the parade you can watch it only on the WWAY website.
In order to participate in the ride each of the over 500 bikers brought brand new toys, which were collected by the Marine Corp.
In 2012, donations totaled up to over 2,000 toys, 50 bicycles and $1,700 in cash.
“You know it’s going to a good cause no matter who they go to,” Jerry Ashley said. “My feeling was it didn’t matter where the things were I brought went because it would be for a good cause.”
As the police lead the riders through town spreading their Christmas cheer, they revved up their engines for all to hear.
“The motorcycle community gives, and gives, and people just don’t realize how much they give every year,” said J.D. Hughs said. “They raise thousands of dollars every year not only for this cause, but for Angie’s Angels, Pink Heels. There’s plenty of causes that the motorcycle community supports.”
The weather outside was frightful Sunday afternoon, which may have kept some riders at home, but Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson will accept donations for Toys for Tots all the way up until Christmas.