Bikes sporting stuffed animals, trucks, dolls and other toys will make their way across town to deliver their gifts. They will gather at Thunder Bay Harley-Davidson between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The ride will leave at 1:00 p.m. with the bikers travelling through the city to The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services at 545 Cumberland St. N. arriving about 1:25 p.m. where they will present their gifts. Financial donations are also accepted. Anyone not able to participate in the ride can drop off donations at Thunder Bay Harley or The Salvation Army on Cumberland St.
The toys will be distributed to children in Thunder Bay during this Christmas season through Salvation Army programs. Mark and Jenn moved to our community with the promise of a new job and hopes for a good life when tragedy hit. Mark was injured at work and is now on disability. They are trying to manage while Jenn attends school but it is difficult with three children. They were thankful to give their children a good Christmas this past year thanks to the gifts from the motorcyclists. With their limited means, providing Christmas for their family seemed impossible. When they learned about The Salvation Army’s Community Christmas Dinner they were excited. There, they were able to selection gifts for their children that they could not otherwise afford. This was a big relief for Mark and Jenn. The generosity of the motorcyclists who participated in the Toys for Tots Ride gave them the best gift of all - a happy Christmas.
"These wonderful bikers have been providing toys for Thunder Bay children for 36 years - making a difference at a time of year that is difficult for many families who struggle to make ends meet. We can’t say thank you enough!" said Major Lori Mitchell, Executive Director, The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services.
Thunder Bay motorcycle clubs Harley Owners Group, Ontario Northwest Retreads, Superior Riders, Bikers for Christ, Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association, Fallen Souls, and Veterans UN/NATO Canada are hosting the event in partnership with The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army thanks all the bikers who participate in the event, members of clubs as well as the many independent riders who come out each year. Their generous gifts make this event so successful year after year.
The media is invited to join the bikers at The Salvation Army at approximately 1:20 p.m. for their arrival and presentation of gifts. Your coverage of this event is appreciated.