Local ABATE of Colorado, District One motorcycle club members delivered toys for children at Caring Ministries, the Morgan Community College Magic of Christmas Tree and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Santa’s Golden Stars on Wednesday.
They also took toys to the Caring Ministries in Yuma.
They had collected some toys on their annual toy run in October, with 70 riders showing up to give at least one toy apiece for kids who are needy, said ABATE Secretary-Treasurer Caroline Cawley, a Fort Morgan resident.
Each year the motorcyclists meet at a certain place and bring the toys. Then they drive around Fort Morgan with a truck full of toys with the help of police.
ABATE members also collected toys and other donations at Walmart in November, said Don Enniga, northeast regional coordinator for ABATE of Colorado, Distinct One.
Big black bags filled with toys were offloaded at each place the motorcyclists visited Wednesday. Among the toys were two bicycles which will go to some lucky children, Cawley said.
The group also collected hundreds of dollars which paid for more gifts and gift cards, she said.
The toys that were dropped off at Caring Ministries will go into the annual Christmas Shoppe, which will run on Dec. 19-21 this year.
Caring Ministries get referrals from various sources on who to have at the Christmas Shoppe, said Debora Beck-Massey, executive director.
Parents can come in to select toys. Toys are laid out in age groups, and a staff of “elves” help them go through to gather the toys that are appropriate for the ages of their children, she said.
Caring Ministries staff and volunteers then wrap the present for the families, Beck-Massey said.
Finally, the parents receive a box full of food and a turkey, she said.
This year, Baker Central School students collected about 2,500 books, and parents will be allowed to take as many as they want for their kids, Beck-Massey said.
Gisela Mendez of Morgan Community College said that MCC students’ families being helped by the ABATE Toy Run will appreciate the gifts.
Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone said that the assistance of about 12 bags of toys will make Christmas brighter for a lot of kids as well.
ABATE of Colorado District One members delivered toys to Yuma after its monthly meeting on Dec. 1, and they said that many kids there will have a much happier Christmas morning as well.
“ABATE , District One, would like to thank all who donated toys as well as cash to purchase toys again this year,” Enninga said. “All your efforts are very much appreciated.”
ABATE, which stands for “A Brotherhood Active Towards Education,” is a non-profit, educational, charitable and safety-oriented motorcycle rights organization.
ABATE, District One holds monthly meetings to inform the members about issues that affect them and plan events.
Membership in ABATE includes motorcyclists from all walks of life who are interested in the rights of motorcyclists and education of motorcyclists and the public.
Anyone interested in joining ABATE of Colorado, District One can contact Dave Cawley at 970-542-0902 or visit the ABATE Web site at http://abateofcolo.org/.