ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A local motorcycle club is revved up for Christmas.
Hundreds of bikers rolled out the holiday cheer down Hamilton Street in Allentown Saturday.
Led by Santa and Mrs. Claus, they brought toys to all the good girls and boys.
“We’ve been doing this every single year, rain, snow, hail, doesn’t matter we’re always here on the motorcycles,” biker Thomas Seebald said.
The team of bikes rode from Dorney Park to Volunteers of America Center for the 36th annual Abate Toy Run.
“It brings out the dedicated bikers, people who want to give back to the community,” Seebald explained.
Organizers say many of these kids haven’t had the jolliest of years.
“Sometimes when kids come to us with their parents, they are fleeing domestic violence they have nothing at all, so they have no toys no clothing,” said Andrea Search, community outreach director of Turning Point America.
So it’s their mission to give the kids a reason to smile.
“[We] like to see how the kids’ faces light up and smiling,” Santa Claus said.
“Oh they’re so excited, jumping up and down and they get to go see Santa, sit on his lap, pick out a toy a man on a motorcycle brought for them,” said teacher Meg Schantz.
The event is also meant to help the kids realize they are not alone this Christmas. Santa and his bike-riding elves will always bring the magic.
“It’s all about children, we want to see the best so kids can grow up to be the best that they can be,” said Jason Weidner, Lehigh Valley Abate president.