Santa and bikers hold annual event to help needy children for the holidays

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Updated: 11/03/2013 3:52 pm

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. – Sunday was the 15thannual  Brunswick NY HOG Chapter's ‘Toys for Tots' event.

Hundreds of people met Saturday morning in Troy at the Brunswick Harley-Davidson on Route 7. People were invited to donate a new un-wrapped toy for a needy child in the Capital Region or make a $10 donation.

Following to collection of toys, the 500 riders began their motorcycle parade in Troy and ended at the Shop Rite Plaza at Nott Street and Balltown Road in Niskayuna.

"It's all about the kids, it's all about them having something for Christmas" said one biker, dressed as Santa Clause, "Sometimes we get a bad rating, a bad image, but we're not, take a look at us were all here to do a good thing."

While at the Shop Rite, the chapter members delivered the donated toys to help kick off the Annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

Even Santa decorates his sleigh different each year and believes groups like this have the power to change a child's life.

"You see them little eyes light up, you see those little smiles, I know it makes a difference" he said.

If you would like to donate cash, new toys, or your time to volunteer, visit Toysfortots.org

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