Cruisin' for a Cause
Hundreds of bikers spread some Christmas cheer in the 28th Annual Toy Run...
EL PASO - Revving up for the holiday season...
"It's the motorcycle community's way of saying Merry Christmas to those less fortunate than we are."
Mayor John Cook becomes leader of the pack for the fifth year in a row as part of the El Paso Motorcycle Coalition's Annual Toy Run... and his favorite part of riding?
"Well I'd say having the wind blowing through my hair, but God made sure that didn't happen."
The Mayor has participated in the run every year since 1999... and he's developed some jolly contacts along the way... including Santa Claus with this two-wheeled sleigh. Last year... the big guy helped the Coalition distribute 5,000 toys to agencies which benefit needy children.
"Normally on a day like this we'll collect about one thousand and then with the donation money that we get we purchase the rest of what we need."
About 2,000 motorcyclists cruise in the Run which reveals the softer side of these bikers.
"they see them in black leather jackets and tattoos and think well they're probably not the most outstanding citizens, but you'd be surprised how many of them are bankers and lawyers and doctors and dentists and mayors. so i think you have people from all walks of life."
The bikers rode along the Border Highway toward the El Paso Coliseum where they dropped off their toys.