Toy Run Roars Through Salina
Todd Pittenger - November 22, 2015 2:46 pm
Santa leads the Toy Run down South 9th Street.
Several hundred bikers roared across Salina Sunday afternoon. For the 29th year in a row area bikers collected and delivered toys for Salina children.
Riders on the past endured bitter cold at the event. That was not the case this year. Though it was a little chilly, the sun was shining and the temperature was holding steady in the lower 50s.
The event started with a prayer, and a blessing of the bikes. The Toy Run then roared to life.
Leading the way were a couple of Salina Police Officers, appropriately on Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Santa on the back of a four-wheeled ATV. A long line of riders followed, parading out of the Central Mall Salina parking lot carrying their toys. A trailer full of Harley Davidson children’s riding toys was part of the group.
Though all of the motorcycle riders and their passengers were dressed for the weather, many were also colorfully dressed for the season.
The procession’s first stop was at the Redeemer Lutheran Church on Magnolia to drop off toys. They then headed to Harley Davidson Salina for a chili feed.
As the long line of riders snaked through Salina, citizens lined up along some of the route to wave and offer support.
All of the toys collected as a part of the Toy Run event will be donated to the Ashby House and to the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas.
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