If you heard a loud roar today, there’s a good chance it was from several hundred Harleys riding past your neighborhood.
It was a packed house at Tripp’s Harley Davidson today as hundreds gathered for the 37th Annual Amarillo’s Original Toy Run.
Jason Tripp, the dealerships general manager says, “How it got started was group of people came together and decided they wanted to help some less fortunate kids have a better Christmas. That’s kind of where it all got started. It’s changed venues, it’s changed sponsors, it’s changed organizations through the years, but we’ve always picked it up and kept it going.”
Santa even came along to help give out toys.
Many bikers we spoke with say this is one of the highlights to their year.
Larry Cummings, a participant in the event says, “It’s a bunch of good folks who come out to support something we believe in. We do it every year, not just here but in several other locations, so that the toy runs we do in the Panhandle are important to us.”
There were also other groups who came out to support the cause.
Cameron Munger, of the Look Twice, Save Lives group says, “I have a group called Look Twice, Save Lives which is a biker group, we do a bunch of things for biker awareness. It’s crazy just how the bikes bring people together. It makes it so even if you don’t know the people and stuff like that we’re still one person. Just because of the bikes, which is just an absolutely crazy statement.
And according to Munger, today’s ride shows the public a different side of this biker group.
“Everyone says bikers are tough or something like that, but come follow us around for a little while and you’ll realize that we do more things for more people and organizations than just about anybody does,” says Munger. “With all of our fundraising stuff, its crazy, because we see so many bikers that will give their last dollar.”