Christmas Hogs Hit The Streets

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For the 18th year the Brazos de Dios Chapter of the Harley Owners Group Foundation and the Independence Harley Davidson Dealership joined together to strap Holiday cheer onto their bikes and deliver it to those who need it most.

Alice Blue-McLendon is a member of the Brazos de Dios Chapter and serves a the family selection chairperson. She says their organization works during the year to make sure selected families enjoy the Christmas holiday.

"Many times there are families that have never had much of a Christmas. Sometimes the kids don't even get presents at all," Blue-McLendon said.

She says before the gathering took place they put in the time and effort to seek out those who needed a Christmas experience like no other.

"I think that this is kind of a once in a life time Christmas that we make for children," Blue-Lendon said. "It's like running the Christmas lottery really."

And 125 Harleys pulled out of Independence Harley Davidson Dealership and became the local Christmas prize patrol.

Elmer Mooring is the director of the the Brazos de Dios Chapter of Harley Owners. He says their Toy Run is a way to touch the lives of children in the community and show them that there are a lot of people who care about them.

Mooring said, "It lets us work with the community. And this is a great place for a toy run because the community just responds."

He said the the Harley Owners group was able to collect over 35,000 dollars worth of donations in goods, services, and cash. But gifts of toys weren't the only things the bikers delivered.

They also offered gifts of prayer to Shonnie Moore. Shonnie is a young adult who was involved in an accident about a year ago. The bikers first visited her while she was in rehabilitation and decided to make another special visit.

"They all came and just prayed for me you know and that was probably the biggest blessing for me out of the whole thing," Moore said.

During this time of the year Santa is the best at getting people to smile, but it seems he's got some American-steeled competition from the local Harley owners.