Tri-County Toy Run collects Christmas gifts for families in need

(Photo by Kathleen Serie)

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The Tri-County Toy Run drew nearly 1,000 bikers and one semi-truck filled with Christmas toys for families in need Sunday afternoon.

The ride started in Temple and ended in Copperas Cove.

Each person participating in the event donated items, which were distributed to 20 local charity organizations.

These toys will then be passed out to families across Coryell, Bell, and Lampasas counties.

This year, the fundraiser collected 36 bikes and 81 boxes of toys, Tri-County Toy Run Secretary Dawn Rothermel said.

Rothermel said this event has been held in Central Texas for 24 years.

Scott and Debra Justice have participated in the toy run since 1998.

"It's not fair that they don't have a Christmas, and so that's the reason we started doing this, and it doesn't matter if it's raining or shining, because kids do not realize that just because it's raining that day, they didn't get anything," Debra Justice said. "So we come, rain, shine, sleet, snow, you name it."

Rothermel said motorcyclists come from Dallas, Houston, and even out of state to participate in the toy run.