29th Annual High Country Toy Run brings in hundreds of toys after 2015 hiatus

Santa leads off the huge group of motorcycles in the 29th Annual High Country Toy Run./ Taylor Bishop -- FOX21 News
Santa leads off the huge group of motorcycles in the 29th Annual High Country Toy Run / Taylor Bishop -- FOX21 News

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — Christmas is still a few months away, but that’s not stopping hundreds of bikers from getting in the giving spirit.

The 29th Annual High Country Toy Run was held Sunday. The event brings new toys to needy kids in southern Colorado, putting smiles on their faces come Christmas morning.

“We might look a little rough, but we have big hearts and we’re here because we know there’s a lot of children out there who are disadvantaged, who a new toy would just brighten their Christmas and mean so much to them,” said Amy Mitchell.

Last year, issues with getting a police escort in Colorado Springs caused the Toy Run to be cancelled.

“This year the city of Fountain, Colorado stepped up,” said Jim Wear, founder and organizer of the Toy Run. “The police department gathered a bunch of agencies to help with the escort and we’re in business.”

Mitchell and her husband have been riding in the Toy Run for five years. They said after the 2015 hiatus there was no doubt the southern Colorado motorcycling community would make up for lost time.

“We were so disappointed last year,” Mitchell said. “We were waiting for it to happen again this year and we knew everyone would show up again.”

Everyone brings a new unwrapped toy, straps it on their hog, and then they roll out as a huge group, running the soon-to-be Christmas gifts to a central location.

“There are lots and lots of children in our area who their parents can’t afford to buy them a jacket and a pair of shoes for school and that’s what they get for Christmas,” said Wear. “They don’t get a toy. We try to see to it that they do.”

In the 29 years of the Toy Run’s existence, as many as 100,000 underprivileged kids have had a reason to smile on Christmas morning, all because of folks like them.

“We’re all brothers and sisters,” Mitchell said. “Everybody here loves to ride, loves the wind in their hair and they want to give back and they want to make a kid happy.”

The Toy Run benefits children in El Paso and Teller counties, along with the children of Fort Carson soldiers through Santa’s Workshop and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

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