Bikers Collect Toys For Children In Need

The holidays will be a little brighter for at least 200 less fortunate Jackson County children thanks to Santa's helpers.

Not the small ones dressed in green and red but the ones decked out in leather.

More than 200 motorcycle riders met in Moss Point Saturday morning to help the Salvation Army collect toys for needy children.

Chilly winds didn't slow down riders like Bruce Nevels who rode to warm the hearts of children.

"I was thinking on my way down how cold it was and my face was numb in this cold wind and I said well for a couple hours of coldness you make a child happy," said Nevels.

The Salvation Army has about 2,200 children on its Christmas list.

Thanks to riders like Sandy Hulbert the holidays will be a little brighter for at least 200 of those children.

"I think it's great and wish I could give more," said biker Harriet Ivy.

"I hope that when the child gets the gift they'll realize somebody loves them," said Hulbert.

"Even though we look like a bunch of hard leathery people we all have a soft spot in our heart for children," said Helen Hancock with the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Major Shirley Adams says donating toys may not sound like a big deal to some, but to the children who receive them it makes all the difference in the world.

"Sometimes their lives are in turmoil, they never have anything and to be able to have a Christmas morning and say this is for me just for me and to have that special toy is just wonderful," says Adams.

"All year long people get wrapped up in there own lives and their own problems and joys and it's nice when there's an organization like the Salvation and some of the other charities that remind you what Christmas is about and helping out the less fortunate," said biker Neil Milligan.

There are still hundreds of children in need of gifts this Christmas.

If you would like to help make their holidays a little brighter, you can find out how to help by calling the Salvation Army at 762-7222.