The Peace Riders and Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) joined together in December for the 2nd Annual Toy Run for the Nelson Children’s Center. BACA rallies for more than the fun of the ride; they rally for a cause – to create a safer environment to empower abused children.
With months of prep work, lots of fundraising, and even coordinating with the city and local churches, the Peace Riders pulled off a toy run that began at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Colleyville and ended at the Nelson Children’s Center in Denton.
The bikers gathered at Crown of Life for donuts and juice provided by the church, and then made the 40-minute trek up I-35 to the Nelson Center, where they had a cookout and deposited all their gifts on the front steps.
Through the efforts of Peace Riders and BACA members, the Nelson Center kids were blessed with over 200 presents and more than $1,000 in financial donations! There were 40 motorcycles and about 50 participants who drove to the Nelson Center to unload the toys and bring a cookout for all the kids. It was quite a thrill for the youngest boys at Nelson, ages 5-8, when they were invited to come outside to meet the bikers.
The Peace Riders are already planning their third annual toy run for 2011, and we can hardly wait to welcome them back!