CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — Thousands of motorcycles revved up their engines for the Highway Hikers Motorcycle Club’s 37th Annual Christmas Toy Run benefiting the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots campaign.
“It’s really overwhelming when you see all these people who care so much for these kids,” said Justin Caldwell of the Salvation Army.
The motorcycle club gathered at the Lake Road VFW in Bethel Township before rumbling through tow to the Clark County Fair Grounds. That’s where the toys were turned over to the Salvation Army.
“You never really know what it’s like, unless you’ve been in that position before, to not be able to provide Christmas for your kids,” said Caldwell. “These bikers, that’s why they’re really helping. They’ve got huge hearts.”
“To get in on the toy run you have to have $10 or a toy of equal or greater value,” stated Barron Seelig, the road captain of the Highway Hikers Motorcycle Club.
Seelig is a second generation hiker with a tough exterior, but like many of the other bikers he has a soft side.
“We found out there was some kids who just weren’t going to have Christmas and we said that can’t be,” said Seelig.
Last year, the group helped more than 2,000 needy families in Clark County celebrate Christmas. This year, they’re hoping to put even more smiles on children’s faces.
“We’re going to really do it right for the kids,” said Seelig.