Each fall for the past decade, hundreds of Lehigh Valley motorcyclists have brought toys to St. Luke’s University Hospital to brighten the holidays for pediatric patients.
In previous years, participants in the Tucker’s Toy Run would have a chance to rub elbows with one another and celebrate their donations outside the hospital in Fountain Hill.
This year’s 10th annual run went down Saturday, but it ended at the hospital with a biker ride-by instead of a stop due to the coronavirus.
A handful of hospital staff, patients and family members, wearing face masks, lined the sidewalk outside the facility to express their thanks as the toys arrived in a trailer pulled by a pickup truck.
An estimated 600 bikers took part, starting out at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton and winding their way through to the Bethlehem area.
The run is held in memory of motorcycle enthusiast Tucker Stuart. The Fogelsville man died in 2011 after a motorcycle crash when he was 56.
It’s held in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Community Benefit, a financial relief nonprofit based in Catasauqua born from the tragic murders June 26, 2010, in Northampton of Denise Merhi, her father Dennis Marsh, her grandfather Alvin Marsh and their neighbor Steven Zernhelt.
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