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Asgard swarms the Coast to benefit needy children

If you traveled on Highway 90 Sunday afternoon, you couldn't miss the sea of motorcyclists who were on a mission to give back. (Photo source: WLOX) If you traveled on Highway 90 Sunday afternoon, you couldn't miss the sea of motorcyclists who were on a mission to give back. (Photo source: WLOX)
These bikers hope their continuous spirit of giving and sharing will resonate with those that are less fortunate. (Photo source: WLOX) These bikers hope their continuous spirit of giving and sharing will resonate with those that are less fortunate. (Photo source: WLOX)
This is the 30th year for the toy run. The nearly 1,000 bikers say they enjoy kicking off the holiday season with such a great event. (Photo source: WLOX) This is the 30th year for the toy run. The nearly 1,000 bikers say they enjoy kicking off the holiday season with such a great event. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Another year means another holiday season for the Asgard Motorcycle Club to spread a little Christmas cheer.

If you traveled on Highway 90 Sunday afternoon, you couldn't miss the sea of motorcyclists who were on a mission to give back.

"Their hearts are as big as their Harley's," Tommy Joe Breaux, with Knights of Columbus, said.

These Santas may not be delivering toys on sleighs, but they were on a mission to begin spreading Christmas joy so that hundreds of children would have a reason to smile on Christmas day.

For that, they're respected.

"That means a lot to me, and it just gives me that much more respect for the Asgard Motorcycle Club," Breaux said.

This is the 30th year for the toy run. The nearly 1,000 bikers say they enjoy kicking off the holiday season with such a great event.

"That's what it is," said ‘Smokey' Stepputat, who is a member of the Asgard Motorcycle Club. "It's a warm feeling in our heart that we're able to give and give back to the community which helps us too."

Once the bikers made it to the Knights of Columbus, the collected toys were handed over to Catholic charities who will sort them and send them to needy children across the state.

"We are the benefactors. Sort of the middle man. The Asgards and Knights of Columbus partner together to collect the toys and bring them here. The Knights of Columbus have asked us to distribute the toys, so we make sure they're given to the hands of families that are truly in need," Executive Director for Catholic Charities Greg Crapo said.

He says they used to have pickup trucks filled with toys, and now they have 18-wheelers.

"It's really something to watch the whole bucket brigade of moving the toys from one truck to the other," Crapo said.

These bikers hope their continuous spirit of giving and sharing will resonate with those that are less fortunate.

Helping alongside the Asgards on Sunday afternoon were 15 other motorcycle clubs. When the toys were distributed, they were all welcomed to the Harley Davidson store for an after party celebration.

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