LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Three thousand motorcycle riders had the drive to make a difference Sunday.

What organizers of the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run did will make a world of difference for some children on Christmas.

Even though Sunday started out as a windy day, it didn't keep thousands of bikers from showing up for the 32nd annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run.

The yearly event hosted by the Kentucky Motorcycle Association and the Marine Corps League collects new toys for children in need to open on Christmas Day.

The purpose is to “make sure these children that need our help are gonna receive it,” said rider David Newman.

“It's one of those things, that not every parent really wants to ask for help or anything like that, but sometimes you have to,” said Toys for Tots Coordinator Cletis Evans.

That's when Toys for Tots steps in to help.

“We're gonna get toys, we're gonna get them together, sort 'em out and make sure we fill those bags up so those families can have a good Christmas,” said Evans.

Sleds, dolls, and Star Wars action figures to name a few were packed into trunks full of toys.

As a member of the Kentucky Motorcycle Association, John Richeson says the day is more than just collecting toys, it's a gift for volunteers as well.

“It makes us feel real good.”

The motorcycle run collected 7,000 toys last year. Organizers hope Sunday's event is just as successful.

“There's nothing better than being able to give, sharing what they have with folks that aren't able to provide Christmas, that's what it's about,” said Newman.

Once all the toys are sorted, the Salvation Army has a distribution system. Parents pick out toys to bring home for their children to open on Christmas.

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