Motorcyclists brave cold for toy run

QCS photo: Steve Hansen Five motorcyclists leave the Children, Youth and Families Dept. facility in Tucumcari.

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Five motorcyclists leave the Children, Youth and Families Dept. facility in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen
QCS Managing Editor

Motorcycle riders, especially armed forces veteran riders, are a pretty tough bunch.

Take members of Conchas Chapter 9 of the American Legion Riders and the Logan Eagle Riders groups. They didn’t let temperatures as low as 20 degrees keep them from completing their seventh annual Toy Run Saturday, some even braving the cold to travel by motorcycle to complete their appointed rounds in the now-traditional way.

The members of the Conchas Chapter were joined by the Eagle Riders of Logan and members of the Follow the Sun ministry of a church called the “Living Well, a Healing Place,” as they delivered boxes of donated canned goods and about 1,000 toys to the Children, Youth and Families Dept. for foster children.

Most, however, opted for four-wheeled vehicles with heaters. The donors gathered at the Tucumcari Elks Lodge for food and conversation, as well as door prizes, before and after the deliveries.

Lynn Hudson, president of Legion Riders chapter, said about 10 riders each from the Legion group and the Eagles, who are members of the Logan Eagles, Aerie 3526, participated this year. Each rider, whether on four wheels or two, brought a toy or two cans of food minimum, but some brought more. A few members of Conchas American Legion Chapter 77 who are not riders, also attended and donated food and toys, Hudson said.

At least half of the toys and door prizes for ticket drawings, however, were solicited, collected and in some cases purchased by Scooter Yocom of Tucumcari, a member of the Follow the Sun Ministry. Yocom estimated the total value of his collections at $5,000.

Members of the Elks Lodge volunteered in the kitchen to cook lunch for the donor and delivery volunteers.

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