Thousands of motorcyclist collect Christmas presents for needy families in Bakersfield

About 750 families recieves gifts

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Thousands of motorcyclists rode through Bakersfield, Sunday, gathering donated Christmas presents for needy families around the community.  

The event was apart of the 30th annual Bakersfield Toy Run. Over 6,000 bikers gathered together at Beach Park and then rode to the Kern County Fairgrounds where they dropped off the presents. 

"Rival clubs will show up and ride side by side and  it's all about giving a teddy bear and a Mickey Mouse to a kid that need it," said motorcyclist Ben Patton. 
 
Each motorcyclist donated $20 or $20 of food and toys to benefit a needy family through the Salvation Army. 
 
"Whether it's a boy or a girl, for them to give Santa a list and Santa deliver i think its great," said Todd Bradford with the Salvation Army. 
 
Founder of the Toy Run, Robert "Sleepy" Laurin, said the first event which was held in December of 1982 only had 50 riders. 
 
"It's our 30th and it has grown every year," said Laurin. 
 
The Bakersfield Toy Run is one of the largest events of its kind around the state. Bradford believes this year's event is going to be the largest in Toy Run History. 
 
The Salvation relies on this event to help more than 750 families around the Bakersfield area celebrate Christmas. 
 
 
 
 
 
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