Each participant in the ride, which started at the Roses parking lot on South Hill Street and ended at the Windwalkers clubhouse off of Jackson Road, was asked to either bring a toy with a value of at least $10 or make a donation in the same amount.
“As cold as it is, we are overwhelmed with the number of people who showed up,” said Windwalkers Treasurer David Pryor. “This will be our largest turnout I can remember.”
Pryor cited the Toy Run’s relatively low entry fee as one of the reasons for the tremendous showing of motorcycle enthusiasts riding for a good cause.
“With the economy the way it is, a lot of people can’t afford more (than $10),” he said.
After arriving at the clubhouse, the Windwalkers attempted to generate additional money -- through an auction and a raffle -- to support other needy families “that fall between the cracks,” as Pryor put it.
The Griffin Windwalkers’ collaboration with The Salvation Army goes back 18 years, but the club’s efforts also benefit families that didn’t register with The Salvation Army in time, as those families receive food, clothes and toys, among other things.