Members of A.B.A.T.E. and the Christian Motorcycle Association presented the Salvation Army with money, toys and food this week, all collected from the 20th annual A.B.A.T.E. Butler County Toy Run, which was Oct. 6.
They presented the Salvation Army with $5,000 in gift cards, 180 toys, $2,000 in checks and 246 pounds of food.
“We serve more than 600 regular children and 400 more on top of that,” said Capt. Katie Pinkston of the holiday demand at the Salvation Army.
This year they are expanding the group they serve for Christmas to include 15 to 18 year olds.
“It’s really nice,” Pinkston said. “We’re able to serve all of the kids 18 on down in the county.”
A total of 63 motorcycles took part in the toy run this year, which was held on a cold and windy day.
“Businesses donated a lot toward it from all around,” said Mick Jimenez, organizer.
The CMA also put out coffee and refreshments at El Dorado and in Douglass for the run, as well as provided the Santa and elf, which rode along with them.
Another part of the fundraiser is an auction.
“We did real well with the auction from donated items,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez also said an important part of the toy run is the Butler County Sheriff Department escort and the cooperation with local city law enforcement along the route.