Tyler hosts Longrider Toy Run

By Bob Hallmark - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On a cold , drizzly day, some iron horses congregated at the downtown square in Tyler to help kids have a good Christmas, In the 24th annual Longriders toy run. From all over Smith County, bikers from numerous clubs came to give food, toys, and money to help kids have a joyful Christmas.

"There's nothing to touch your heart more than when you go and you see those kids and give them presents and a tree and you give them food its absolutely amazing it really touches your heart" said one biker named Buttershot.

"It's a wonderful thing couldn't be any better you know something we just love to do it for everybody" says rider Albert Thundercloud.

Around 200 riders joined together to help 20 families and over 60 children.

"They have the right spirit and they're supporting us for 24years, we could never do it without them. We get more than we're able to fill when that happens we start digging in our own pockets" says Longrider organizer Elaine Cranston.

The lake Palestine East Volunteer Fire Department donated over 100 presents to the event.

"Even the volunteer fire departments are hurting but we still went out and made sure everybody else has a little something , a little something is better than nothing" says chief Gary Cannon.

The Longriders raised over $3400 for food and toys through their event.

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