Hundreds of area motorcyclists rode through the streets of Austin Sunday morning to bring gifts to children who have experienced severe abuse or neglect. The roar of motorcycles rumbling down the street was greeted by the sound of excited children. "When you hear all the motorcycles rolling in, a lot of people in the neighborhood know it as the sound of Christmas, but to the kids here it's the sound of hope," says Ted Keyser, Executive Director at Helping Hand Home for Children.
Sunday marked the 25th annual motorcycle toy run. Each year several hundred motorcyclists load up their bikes with toys and gifts for kids at Helping Hand Home. "We're really happy to be able to do this and fill the void they've got with funding and supply them with gifts that last through the year, not only at Christmas," says Bobby Lasseter.
Freezing temperatures wouldn't stop the bikers from rolling in on their gift-bearing hogs. "Even with the weather as bad as it is this morning, we have a pretty nice turn out," Lasseter says.
"For our kids coming from the backgrounds where everybody's given up on them, these bikers would never do that," says Keyser. "They're going to be there for them regardless of weather conditions." As an assembly line formed to unload the gifts, curious kids get an up close look at the bikes.
Helping Hand Home has provided care for children who have suffered severe abuse and neglect since 1983.