Several hundred bikers braved sub-freezing cold Sunday afternoon to ride through Salina with a special delivery. For the 27th year in a row area bikers collected and delivered toys for Salina children.
The temperature was 28 degrees, with a wind chill of 19, when the group of motorcycles roared out of the Salina Central Mall parking lot carrying everything from stuffed animals to video games. Though all of the motorcycle riders and their passengers were dressed for the weather, many were also colorfully dressed for the season.
Santa Claus riding in an ATV, along with a couple of Salina Police officers appropriately enough riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, led the way.
The procession’s first stop was at the Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church to drop off toys. They then headed to Harley Davidson Salina for a chili feed.
The bikers weren’t the only ones braving the cold. Hearty citizens lined up along some of the route to wave and offer support.
All of the toys collected will be donated to the Ashby House and to the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas.