St. Paul toy ride to bring children Christmas gifts

TYLER (KYTX) - Thousands of kids in East Texas may not receive Christmas gifts this year without the help of the community.

Today, the Blue Knights rode the streets to make the holiday's brighter for the more than 700 children with St. Paul Children's Foundation.

They look and sound tough.

But these motorcycle riders, in their leather vests, have a big heart for kids.

"We're trying to give them toys so they can experience and enjoy Christmas. And giving to them, that's really what the season is all about, giving to others," says Blue Knights chapter president Richard Cashell.

The Blue Knights teamed up with other biker groups, revving their engines, and taking to the streets of Tyler to gather toys for the St. Paul Children's Foundation.

"Gathered toys, have a lot of them in the vehicle, taken a lot of cash donations," says Cashell.

"This gives those children to have something new, something special. A number have never had gifts before," says Lynn Cooper, a volunteer with St. Paul Children's Foundation.

She says the organization started 20 years ago to help kids in the neighborhood, but the need grew, and so did their job.

The number of kids registered for gifts this year is just over 700, and Cooper says without people in the community like this, they wouldn't have anything Christmas day.

"Every toy will go into the arms of a child in need and make their Christmas that much more special," says Cooper.

Special hopes going into their last requests with Old Saint Nick, and bags and boxes of gifts brought in from these riders.

St. Paul Children's Foundation offers health and dental services as well as food assistance and clothes to East Texas children in need year round.

For more information on how you can help, click here.


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