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'This is Christmas:' Bikers collect, deliver toys to Triangle children

Posted December 24, 2017 6:28 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

— Not every child gets a luxurious Christmas. But several Triangle motorcycle clubs come together every year to make the season brighter for local children.

Children were delivered toys through the 10th Annual "Stuff the Trailer Event," hosted by Turning Point Motorcycle Club.

"I've been in the bike world since about 1993, this by far is the best event I've ever been a part of," said Rodney Long, president of Evolution Motorcycle Club.

The project is the culmination many members' hard work, as club members camped out at a Walmart parking lot for a week.

They waited for toy donations from the public, some of them waiting through the night.

"We're here 24 hours a day collecting toys," Long said. "Literally it could be 3 a.m. and someone could knock on the door and drop off a bag of toys."

They say the work is all worth it, once they see the childrens' smiling faces.

It may have been a cold Christmas Eve in Raleigh, but many left the the gift presentation with warmed hearts.

"For some of us, this is Christmas," said Earl Warren, vice president of Turning Point Motorcycle Club. "Tomorrow is not even as big as today is."

"Doing something for somebody else, doing something for the community, doing something else for kids that may not have someone else to do it for them, that's our Christmas."