River Riders Motorcycle Club honored at Toy Run
The River Riders Motorcycle Club were presented with a Proclamation by Mayor Cal Sheehy honoring their charitable efforts during Sunday’s toy run event.
For 35 years, the River Riders M.C. has put on a toy run to collect Christmas toys for children of less fortunate families. The club works with the Havasu Community Health Foundation and Colleen Mattinson, head of the Havasu Community Food Bank, to find families in need of help during the holidays. On Dec. 22, the toys collected will be dispersed to the chosen families.
Vice President, Paul Blazer said, “We’ve been doing this run for 35 years now and it’s grown every year. When it first started, there were only about 20 riders and now we have almost 2,000. The bikes are lined up around the block for this toy run.”
Thousands of motorcycle riders flocked to the Blue Bar II in Parker to join the run. Each rider and their passengers brought an unwrapped gift in order to participate in the ride. With nearly 2,000 motorcycles, it took more than 10 minutes to funnel out onto the streets and another 40 minutes to get into town. During the trek from Parker to McCulloch Boulevard in Lake Havasu City, spectators gathered along the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession which included a police escort.
Once in town, the motorcycles lined McCulloch all the way from Acoma Boulevard to Smoketree Boulevard. Spectators joined the festivities and enjoyed live music from Cross Cutt as well as vendor booths featuring motorcycle apparel, accessories and even bibles from the Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club.
Many different clubs came together to support this event. Dayton Grant, member of the Moose Riders Motorcycle Club said, “As members of the club, we have a duty to participate in charitable events. We do charity all year long, but this is one of the biggest we come to.” His passenger, Sharon Hood added, “We are here for the kids.”
Toy run participant, Aaron Martinez said, “This is the time of giving. We only want good will toward everybody.”