Bob “Fuzzy” Neil proudly wore his black “Bikers for Christ” leather jacket and bright red Santa hat as he rode down the street on his motorcycle.
And Tom Briscoe, decked out in his own black leather jacket and Santa hat, rode his sparkling green custom built Volkswagon trike.
The two longtime Oklahoma City bikers were among several hundred people who participated in the recent Oklahoma City Toy Ride at Woodson Park in south Oklahoma City.
Ed Glendinning, 74, said the Dec. 9 event was the 20th annual bikers' toy run. He said he wasn't surprised to see a large crowd of about 300 people who either rode in the toy ride or watched from the sidelines even though the weather was chilly.
“We love the underprivileged children in the Oklahoma City area and they are the kids that get these toys,” Glendinning said.
“It just breaks my heart that a child wouldn't get a Christmas. That's why we do it.”
Bikers and their families came with toys to donate to faith-based charity Feed the Children. Some bikers groups donated money to purchase more toys.
About 110 people gathered after the toy ride to sample holiday treats and have an opportunity to win motorcycle-themed raffle prizes.
Rick England, Feed the Children chairman of the board, told the bikers their generosity was appreciated.
Mark Opgrande, public relations manager for Feed the Children, said the event was supported by Fellowship of Christian Bikers and the central Oklahoma district of A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education, ABATE-COD, a motorcycle advocacy and education organization.
“They do this toy drive every year and we give the toys out to agencies mostly in the central Oklahoma region,” Opgrande said.
“We're ecstatic to do this with them every year.”
Neil, 68, of Oklahoma City, said he typically participates in several toy rides held throughout the metro area each year.
“The children need help and I do anything I can to help out, especially at this time of year,” he said.