Bikers gear up for 10th annual Toy Run Parade

Darla Oneill
Darla Oneill
Jan Krenek
Jan Krenek

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Santa has a few extra helpers. They're far from elf, and they've ditched the traditional slay for the rumble of their motorcycles.

"They bring anything from teddy bears to bicycles to swing sets to basketballs to footballs," said Jan Krenek with the Harley Owners Group Chapter.

Decked out in Santa's hats, the Chapter geared up for the 10th annual Toy Run through Nacogdoches.

"We want to give back to East Texas and this is the way we can do it every year. We like to support the community and keep the money here in East Texas," said Darla Oneill with the Harley Owners Group Chapter.

Anyone can ride. All that's required is a brand new toy and five dollar donation. The money will go to the Family Crisis Center of East Texas and the Nacogdoches Senior Citizens Center.

"They use it for hot meals on wheels. They use it for equipment for the seniors. They use it for field trips for the seniors and the Crisis Center of course, they use it for families that have been torn up during Christmas time and the toys are used for children that have been taken out of their homes," said Krenek.

It's a small gesture that can have a huge impact on a child.

"They can wake up in the morning. They do have toys underneath their tree so we can give them a little happiness during Christmas time in all the sorrow that they're going through right now," said Krenek.

Their love for the open road, and an opportunity to give back is what makes these riders come back every year, toy in hand.

"It is just a real good feeling, to help people in need," said Krenek.

Over the past nine years the chapter has raised over $89,000 in monetary contributions.

The Toy Run parade kicked off at the Texas Thunder Harley-Davidson and ended at Lug Nutz Sports Bar & Grill where participants enjoyed a free BBQ lunch, entertainment and a live auction.

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