Toy run brings hundreds of gifts to children in need

Reported by Tim Pulliam - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Since 1992, Carolina Coast Harley Davidson and the Marine Corp Reserve have been putting toys underneath the Christmas tree for kids. Without their help, some would not have any toys at all.

For many parents this year, smaller budgets means fewer toys.

Event organizer Kasie Thomas said he understands how difficult it can be to buy gifts for your children during the holidays.  She grew up in a single parent household where money was tight.

"You do what you do to make things happen, and for me [the event] makes someone's Christmas special," said Thomas.

Each participant dropped off toys at the Harley Davidson Store on Market Street.

Participant Marina Redfearn said she was happy to help.

"I bought a couple of stuffed animals that I know my kids would have loved when they were little," said Redfearn.

Other participants, such as Dale Key, say the thought of making some child's Christmas better is the reason he comes back every year.

"You ride whether it's cold or whether it rains," said Key. "You get in the middle of the ride and you're warm all over because of what this event means to so many people."

Everyone can agree that the one of the best parts of Christmas is helping a child in need.

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