Bikers bring Toys for Tots miles closer to year’s goal
By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
| | December 09, 2009
More than 6,500 motorcycle enthusiasts came together to share their passion for riding and help Hawaii’s less-fortunate children during the 35th Annual Street Bikers United Toy Run Dec. 6.
The annual ride which benefits the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program began at Ala Moana Beach Park and ended at Kapiolani Community College. Marines were on hand at both locations to accept new, unwrapped toy donations from the bikers.
“[The Toy Run] keeps getting bigger every year,” said the state director of Street Bikers United, Brian Grayling. “It’s a wonderful experience to work with the Marine Corps in their efforts for Toys for Tots. I’m thankful for all the years they have given to Toys for Tots and also for the community in Waikiki for putting up with all the noise in the spirit of Christmas.”
Many bikers have made the event a tradition in their bike clubs and among their circles of friends and family. One Honolulu family has made the event an annual opportunityto give back to their community.
“We have been a part of [the Toy Run] for 10 years and we absolutely love it. I like to stress to my kids the importance of volunteering and community service,” said Lisa Cabral who rode with her husband, two teen-aged children and the family dog. “I want to make sure my kids know how important it is to give back and share with others.”
The Toy Run collected more than 4,000 toys and more than $2,000 in donations, bringing Toys for Tots closer to this year’s goal of 45,000 toys. All toys the program collects stay in Hawaii to benefit less-fortunate children.
Throughout the month of December Toys for Tots will continue accepting new, unwrapped toys at various locations across the island. For information on toy drop-off locations and Toys for Tots events this holiday season visit www.toysfortots.org.