The Blackstone Valley Harley House owners’ Group hit the street but once more Sunday, following a yr’s hiatus because of the pandemic, for its annual bike toy run to learn Christmas Is For Kids.
The 25-mile trip spanned from the Harley-Davidson retailer in Pawtucket, R.I., to the Elks Lodge in North Attleboro.
Whereas the 2020 run had been canceled resulting from COVID-19 issues, there had nonetheless been a toy drop-off on the Harley-Davidson retailer.
However this yr, the HOGS had been desperate to get again out on the open street for the twenty eighth annual occasion.
Joined by different Harley House owners Group chapters — Worcester, Ocean State, Minuteman Dartmouth — in addition to the Elks Riders from Attleboro, the New England Vikings, Bikers Towards Baby Abuse, and even a consultant from the Harley Proprietor’s Group from Medellin, Columbia, there have been 145 riders in all.
Blackstone Valley HOGS director Diane Cabral mentioned that as anxious as everybody was to “get out and ride,” the spirit of the bike run was about “helping the community and taking care of the kids who are less fortunate.”
Christmas Is For Kids, a non-profit group that matches donors with needy space kids for Christmas presents, kicks off their season with the HOGS’ bike run.
“It’s all about the kids,” Cabral mentioned. “No child should have to be without a present on Christmas.”
Kelly Fox, chairperson of CIFK, was eagerly ready for the motorcyclists on the Elks Lodge, the place 120 toys had been collected.
“It’s so exciting to see you all together again,” Fox informed the riders. “We missed you last year.”
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