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Bikers donate gifts for toy ride

Oklahoma City Toy Ride helps provide Christmas toys for needy children in the Oklahoma City area.
by Carla Hinton Published: December 15, 2012

/articleid/3737598/1/pictures/1907909">Photo - About 300 motorcycle riders participated in a recent charity ride in southwest Oklahoma City to gather Christmas toys for needy children. <strong>Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
About 300 motorcycle riders participated in a recent charity ride in southwest Oklahoma City to gather Christmas toys for needy children. Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN

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.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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