HARKER HEIGHTS — Tiffany Creech, of Killeen, doesn’t think children should spend the holiday season without a proper Christmas. That’s why she brought two toys — a plastic bulldozer for a boy and a little doll for a girl — to the 17th annual Bell County Toy Run on Sunday at Fort Hood Harley Davidson.
More than 850 motorcyclists kicked up their stands at noon as they filled the roadways between Harker Heights and Temple for about 40 minutes.
“It’s fun to ride together and just do something good for the community,” said Creech, who attended the event for the second time. “It’s important to give back to the community because there are people who aren’t as fortunate as others.”
Fred McKay, director of the Fort Hood Texas Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Chapter, was pleased with the turnout.
“It’s great to have this many people support the organization and charity,” he said. “Everybody knows bikers are a generous community.”
Participants in the ride brought either $10 or a toy of equal or greater value. The funds raised will be distributed to Peaceable Kingdom Village Retreat for Children, a retreat center for children with special needs, and the First Command Package Brigade, which sends care packages to soldiers deployed overseas.
The toys will be distributed to children within the community through the Stillhouse Volunteer Fire Department.
Ben Padgett, of Belton, goes riding with his granddaughter, Morgan Stuart, 11, often and decided to bring her along Sunday.
“This is her first toy run,” he said, adding she got her first “Toy Run” lapel pin to add to her black leather jacket.
“I’m looking forward to collecting more pins,” Morgan said.
Although Morgan hasn’t been able to ride on her own yet, she still loves the adrenaline it provides.
“It’s fun,” she said.
Padgett comes to the event annually.
“It’s fun to get out and see everybody once a year,” he said.