DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Motorcycle riders gathered hundreds of toys for needy children in southern Douglas County on Sunday.
Volunteer riders from all over the county met at the Pizza Palace in south Myrtle Creek, and they headed out led by Santa himself on the annual Unorganized South Douglas County Toy Run.
They went through Tri City, Riddle, Canyonville and back to the Myrtle Creek Fire Station.
It was all to benefit less fortunate children in the southern part of the county who may not otherwise get any Christmas presents.
Kathy Pruitt, one of the organizers, says about 200 motorcyclists rode this year despite the cold weather. "We're riding to help the fire department collect toys for kids in south county," she said. "After we collect them, they go to the fire department and they take them and disperse them among Myrtle Creek, Riddle, Canyonville, Days Creek."
The riders brought the collected toys back to the fire station to add to those already gathered, and piled them up so the fire fighters will be able to deliver them in the next several days before Christmas.
They get community donations each year, including a large donation from the Cow Creek Tribe to help pay for some of the presents and all the others are donated from businesses and individuals in the county.
This is the 13th year of the Unorganized Toy Run.