It wasn’t exactly “Jingle Bells,” but the sound of motorcycle engines was the sound of the season Sunday.
Now in its 25th consecutive year, Austin area motorcycle riders and their Toy Run deliver gifts to the Helping Hand Home for Children. For 120 years, the home has been a safe haven, providing healing and care to children in need.
"Our whole year revolves around this,’” toy run rider Lloyd Crockett said. “Of course we love to ride, but we like to ride with a purpose, and this is a very good, very good purpose."
Santa and his helpers arrived on scene--or on bike--with a truckload of presents.
"[We] supply them with gifts that last throughout the year, not only for Christmas, but the different kids that come in here over the course of a year," toy run organizer Bobby Lasseter said. "They need a comfort gift or a birthday present."
But for these riders, it's not the gifts, it's the giving.
"This is not about the toys,” Ted Keyser with Helping Hand Home for Children said. “It's about what it represents. And when the kids look up and they see 500 bikers here, it tells them someone cares about them."
The Helping Hand Home for Children helps kids with counseling, shelter, educational and other services. Learn more about the mission of the Helping Hand Home for Children at HelpingHandHome.org.