In a thrilling display of camaraderie and compassion, Columbus' streets came alive with the thunderous roar of engines as more than 250 bikers revved up for the 41st annual Toys for Tots motorcycle parade. Organized by the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club and the Crossmen Support Club, this heartwarming event brought together men and women from all walks of life to spread the joy of the holiday season.
The real magic of this parade, however, lies in the reason behind it—a cause that touches the hearts of all involved. Each year, the parade serves as a charitable endeavor, with brand new toys, stuffed animals, and bicycles finding new homes for the holidays. This charitable ride benefits the Valley Rescue Mission, helping us to continue providing addition recovery resources, battling food scarcity, and offering support and shelter to those in need.
Scott Henderson, President of the local Iron Cross chapter, spoke passionately about the dual impact of the parade. "We get to bring all of our friends together out here and socialize and experience some brotherhood with our friends, and then, knowing we're helping some kids while we're doing it too," he shared. This sentiment underscores the profound sense of community that infuses every aspect of the parade.
Mike Gaymon, CEO and President of Valley Rescue Mission, emphasized the importance of this event for the children it serves. "These are children that have lived in a pretty sad situation, but to see the joy on their faces when they can get their own toy, that's their very own toy - and of course, those toys are donated by men and women like today who want to give something back," he stated.
The parade concluded its exhilarating journey at Rally Point Harley Davidson on Williams Road, where the spirit of giving continued to shine brightly. This festive celebration served as a heartwarming reminder of the profound impact a united community can have when they come together for a common purpose.
As the engines quieted and the helmets came off, the true significance of the Toys for Tots parade came into focus. Beyond the roar of motorcycles and the thrill of the ride, this event symbolizes the unwavering spirit of generosity that defines Columbus, where a strong community joins forces to ensure that every child receives the gift of joy during the holiday season.
One last thing to note is the incredible success of our Thanksgiving turkey drive.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dear friends, families, and the incredible community that rallied together in support of our Thanksgiving turkey drive. With your unwavering generosity and the men at Crossroads' dedication to cooking 120 turkeys, we successfully served 625 meals on this special day. It's through such remarkable collaboration and the support of our media partners that we were able to make Thanksgiving a time of joy and abundance for those we serve. Your commitment to our mission warms our hearts and reminds us of the incredible power of unity and compassion.
Thank you for helping us make this holiday season brighter for our community.
This video on Toys for Tots was filmed and reported on by our media partners at WLTZ News Leader 9. We are blessed to have the help and support of so many businesses, organizations, community leaders, and folks who want to make a difference.