Biker Santa leaves after delivering toys for Toy Shop, Nov. 27, 2010.

The Circle City Toy Run delivered big today at the Indiana Division’s headquarters on North Meridian. Riders of all ages braved the cold to make the annual trek just to see the unloading of over 2,000 toys for The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop in December.

Organizer Ron “Bumper” Herron listened to his mother’s request 16 years and 3 months ago today, to put together  a benefit for the Army’s Toy Shop. According to Ron,  Dorothy Herron knew that volunteering was a wonderful way to give back to the community and she chose to give her time to The Salvation Army. During the past 16 years, Ron says that he and his friends have encountered many people that The Salvation Army has helped who have shared heart-felt stories about receiving help when there was nowhere else to turn.

“Mom” Dorothy Herron recently passed away and is missed but Ron says they keep her giving spirit alive by doing this event and “we do this in her honor.” Mom Herron would be proud, as supporters collected and gave over 2,000 toys as well as more than $2,000 which will be used to purchase additional toys.

Captain Geffrey Crowell came to give a special biker’s blessing to the nearly 300 before they headed back to Patty’s Sugar Shack for Hog Roast. After sharing a few verses from the Bible, he prayed, “May the Lord bless you as you’re coming in, and may He bless you as you’re going out.”

If your group or organization would like hold a similar benefit, we’d be happy to help! For information, call Crissy Testa at 224-1017. If you’d like more information about The Circle City Toy Run call 356-6351 or 413-4247.