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Bikers kick off panhandle Toys for Tots drive

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AMARILLO - Even for Skooter's biker bar, Sunday's afternoon crowd was unusually large.

Hundreds of bikers from Amarillo and surrounding areas packed the streets all for a good cause. "It's good for the children, the less fortunate children, and we can help provide a Christmas for them. It's just a good deed to do," Amarillo biker Bryan Cross said.

U.S. Marines have partnered with area biker organizations for the last 14 years to kick off the Toys for Tots drive with a bang. "It has absolutely grown exponentially and the support has been amazing," Biker Sunday committee member Glenda Woolam said.

Woolam estimates more than 1,200 bikers attended this year's Biker Sunday, each with at least one toy, proving that the tough-looking biker crowd has a soft side. "Bikers are all types, most of us are soft-hearted. We all come from different walks of life and enjoy riding, but we also enjoy helping out and doing a lot of good things, and just doing good deeds," Cross said.

More than $25,000 in toys were gathered just today making the first big step to guaranteeing every child in the panhandle has a merry Christmas. "We're very excited that Amarillo and the surrounding communities, even surrounding states, have taken part in making sure that kids have a Christmas this year," Woolam said.

The Biker Sunday event also raffled off a brand new Harley Davidson bike this year, all to raise money for Toys for Tots cause.

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