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Bikers contribute Christmas toys in Denison drive

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The 25th annual For the Kids Toy Run attracted motorcycle riders from across Texoma. (KTEN) The 25th annual For the Kids Toy Run attracted motorcycle riders from across Texoma. (KTEN)
Santa made an appearance at the 25th annual For the Kids Toy Run in Denison. (KTEN) Santa made an appearance at the 25th annual For the Kids Toy Run in Denison. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Bikers from all over Texoma came to Denison on Sunday to take part in the 25th annual For the Kids Toy Run.

"It's all for the kids... that's why we do it," said participant James Keel, who was just one of hundreds of bikers with a Harley and a big heart taking part in the event.

"All the money and proceeds go to kids that are needing Christmas," said Mark Richroath. "We're so happy we can be a part of providing that, because so many kids just wouldn't have anything if it weren't for things like this."

Bikers brought a toy or two; some contributed canned goods and others made a $10 donation to make the holidays better for others.

"One of the most awesome things I've ever been a part of in my life," said Angela Daffern, who's on the Toy Run committee. "It gets me to see these guys -- all of these guys -- that come together."

The Toy Run benefits the Grayson, Fannin and Cooke County Salvation Army.

"Helps supply our food pantry throughout the year," Maj. Tex Ellis said. "I've seen it grow. I've been here four years, and it gets bigger every year."

The event's silver anniversary year was nothing short of an impressive turnout, and without the bikers, the Salvation Army couldn't help those in need.

"We're just grateful to everybody that comes out... that's what makes it happen," Ellis said. "The more people that come out, the bigger it gets and the better it turns out."

Biker James Keel has participated for four straight years.

"You need to come and see it," he said. "If you've never experienced, you need to come and try it one time... you'll be hooked."

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