Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride - Rawhide Harley-Davidson - Olathe, Kansas

Written by  December 1, 2013

In spite of temperatures in the forties, Kansas City area bikers mounted up, loaded toys on their scoots, and headed for Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas. The date was November 3, and the occasion was the 25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride. Members of the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter were on hand to direct parking and assist with registration. Participants donated at least $10 and a new unwrapped toy and received a goodie bag, souvenir coin, and ride pin.

The Combat Logistics Regiment 4 is responsible for toy collection. A MTVR 7-ton truck decorated with Toys for Tots banners was parked in front of the dealership ready for bags of toys to be loaded. Prior to the ride, there was formal Presentation of the Colors by the Kansas City Marine Recruiting Station color guard, and the National Anthem was played. At the conclusion of the ceremony, riders headed for their bikes and departed on a 60-mile ride expertly escorted by officers from several area law enforcement agencies. There were 145 riders who donated 384 toys and cash. The volume buying power of the Toys for Tots organization magnifies the value of the cash donations.

V.F.W. Post 7397 was the destination. There was plenty of room to park motorcycles in the lot in front, and the hall provided ample room for the participants to sit down and enjoy the delicious lunch catered by Jack Stack Barbecue. By the time riders headed home the temperature had warmed into the sixties, and the riders enjoyed the warm feeling of knowing that many children would have a brighter Christmas as a result of their efforts.

Special thanks to:
Combat Logistics Regiment 4
Kansas City Marine Recruiting Station
Marine Corps League and Bill “Top” Clinton
Rawhide Harley-Davidson and the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter


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