It's not quite Christmas, but many bikers still brought the holiday spirit to Amarillo.
They may not be St. Nick, but the Eveline Rivers Toy Run had more than 200 people hopping on their motorcycles and playing Santa.
"It's all about the kids. If we can't do something for the kids who don't have anything, then there's no since in us being here. If I can make one child out of 50 smile, then i've done what I came to do."
Here's how it works, all of the riders hit the streets for the parade, just to bring some joy.
The men and women were honking, waving, and some were even handing out gifts.
Speaking of gifts, in order to take part in the ride the motorcyclists didn't show up to the starting line empty handed.
Wes Reeves from Xcel Energy says, "the way they got in was either by bringing a new toy or bringing an admission fee, and all of that goes toward the Evenline Rivers Christmas Project."
Reeves says this is the first year Xcel Energy has come on board as a sponsor and organizer, and they couldn't wait to help
"You can just go ask someone for toys or money, but when you get somebody involved in doing it, it makes it a lot more fun and a lot more meaningful. And that's really what this is all about," says Reeves.
All of the money will be going toward the Evelyn Rivers Christmas Project, which makes sure less fortunate children have some presents to unwrap on December 25.
"Don't think of yourself. You're doing itto help kids. Whether it's from infant to 17, whether it comes from candy to skateboards or whatever. They're just knowing that people are there to help."http://
Many of the riders we spoke with tell us when it comes to kids, it's never to soon to start planning for the holidays.
When the riders were finished with the parade they came back to a live band, snacks and a drawing with chances to win prizes.
Reeves says Xcel Energy worked hard to help put the event together, but Evelyn Rivers should take all the glory.
The Evelyn Rivers Christmas Project has been around for a number of years, making sure many area children don't go without over the Christmas holiday.
For more information and ways to help out, log onto http://www.evelineriversproject.org/
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