Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

23rd Annual Toys for Tots Ride-Rawhide Harley-Davidson-Olathe, Kansas

Written by  November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 6, began as an overcast, chilly day. Riders were bundled up as they arrived at Rawhide Harley-Davidson . in Olathe, Kansas, with bundles of toys strapped to their motorcycles. Members of the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter directed the parking of bikes in the staging area and handled ride registration.
Almost 800 toys were donated to Toys for Tots by roughly 600 riders. To participate in the ride, motorcyclists donated $10 each in addition to the toys.

The 24th Marine Regimental Headquarters is the unit in charge of collecting toys in the Kansas City metro area, and three Marines were on hand with a 7-ton truck to haul the toys. Santa and his main helper arrived in Rick Riddle’s New York fire truck. The Wright family pulled up in front of Rawhide in their pickup loaded with about 80 toys to donate. Ed Hale and his Posse, well known for their tremendous support of Bikers for Babies®, arrived as a group with their Toys for Tots donations.

Shortly before the ride was scheduled to depart, a line of volunteers was formed to pass bags of toys from inside the dealership out to the waiting truck. A color guard from the Kansas City Marine Recruiting Station presented the Colors. The 50/50 drawing was held, and the holder of the winning ticket generously donated her winnings to Toys for Tots. Just before the ride departed, Sgt. David Williams of the Olathe Police Department briefed the riders concerning safety precautions. Over the course of the 50-mile route from Rawhide Harley-Davidson to Old Shawnee Town , riders were expertly escorted by 27 motorcycle-mounted officers representing at least ten different law enforcement units. Several classic cars followed the motorcycles around the route. During the ride, the skies cleared, and the temperature became much more comfortable. At Old Shawnee Town, participants enjoyed a barbeque meal catered by Taylor Made . It was a great way to end a terrific event. Everyone rode away with the great feeling that they had helped to provide Christmas joy to needy children.

Article and photos by Stripe

Special thanks to:

24th Marine Regimental Headquarters
Kansas City Marine Recruiting Station