SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A caravan of Mississippi Gulf Coast cyclists took to Highway 90 in Biloxi for a Sunday morning ride. They are biking to make sure Christmas is brighter for underprivileged children in South Mississippi.
"Instead of wanting, wanting, wanting, you have to think about others," organizer Danny Walton said.
For more than a decade, Walton has wanted to do a ride that focused on young people in need, and he said it feels great to see so many people supporting the vision.
"To participate this morning, that is all they had to do was bring an unwrapped gift or toy and drop it in the box. Our starting location was at Tri-Hard Sports, and we are cycling over to the Biloxi lighthouse and making a U-turn," Walton said.
The meaning behind the 11 mile trip attracted dozens of people who came bearing armfuls of gifts, including a lot of bikes, balls and cute baby dolls.
All the toys are being donated to the Toys for Tots Program so they can be put under the Christmas trees of less fortunate kids. Many of the participants agree it's never too early to provide this much needed help.
"It is important to start early so we know that they are taken care of so there is no downfalls at the finish line when the holiday actually comes. I think it's a great idea that we actually do this in early November instead of the last minute in December," one cyclist said.
These generous cyclists would like more people to finish what they started by digging deep in their pockets to give this holiday season.
"There are a lot of needy kids out there, and we need to take care of our own. During the holiday season, what great and better time to give them a present or gift," a cyclist said.
This is the second year this ride has been held in South Mississippi to support needy kids.