LAMPASAS - Three weeks remain until Christmas, but Santa Claus arrived early in Lampasas on Sunday to deliver toys.
Santa did not arrive on a sleigh, but rather on motorcycle with hundreds of helpers during the 25thTri-County Toy Run -- which goes through Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties.
The sirens from emergency crews and rumble from the motorcycles brought a brighter time for the kids in need, who benefited from the rumble of the bikes on the gray-skied day.
Santa's helpers brought in more than 100 boxes filled to the brim with hundreds of toys in them. 106 bikes and almost $10,000 were also gifted to the young boys and girls.
"It's great," Barry Birchard said. "We know where these toys are going. They're going to our soldiers' kids and we all support that. Most of us were in the military and we're just happy to see it and see that they're out here and the kids will get something good for Christmas."
Bruce Raymond has been involved with the toy run since the beginning and chaired the event this year.
"It's a good feeling," Raymond said. "It is a good feeling to be a part of something like this."
But on Sunday, every biker who made the nearly 50-mile trek through Central Texas made sure the toys were put into the right hands.
"I just hope they have a good Christmas," Birchard said. "I hope they understand we're here to support them. Not just for the soldier, but for the families."
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