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Roaddogs Toy Run helps Salvation Army

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Over 600 bikes gather each year for the Road dogs Toy Run. One thing they all have in common: A love for their community. The 33rd Annual Roaddogs Holiday Jam Toy Run took place on Sunday. 

Mark (Curly) Helmbrecht, president of the Roaddogs IRO, and the Toy Run Santa said,  "It's an awesome feeling when you see the community get together like this, the biker community. "

Motorcylce enthusiasts from around the state come together with a shared destination: The Angel Tree at Rimrock Mall.

"Marvelous thing to see, they brought so many toys. They come from the east end of Billings all the way down to here and then they just start streaming in with toy, after toy, after toy", Major Trish Simeroth of the Salvation Army said. 

Their goal is to bury the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Each year a bigger tree is brought in, and each year, the toys reach the top. 

Roaddrash President Robert Conklin explains that underneath all their leather there are big hearts.
 "I mean we're rude, crude people, but we do it for a good cause."

The toy run isn't the only event where motorcyclists give back.

"We're out here trying to help kids today, we helped veterans the other day, those guys help with the Ramsey Keller. There's so many clubs that want to help their community", said Conklin. 

Funds are raised for everything from fallen emergency service members, to Meals on Wheels, and pet adoption. 

"My unit is the 592nd in Billings and it's one thing that they don't get enough of, is go out and help the community", Conklin said. 

The event encompasses the community of Billings as a whole, from the fund raising to fire and police escorts, to Rimrock Mall allowing the location to be taken over, and drivers exercising patience during the delivery.

"We think about Christmas as getting something often times, and this is the season of giving, we have such great people in Billings that are caring and compassionate people that see the needs of those don't have as much as they do and are struggling through one thing or another", said Simeroth. 

These clubs and organizations consist of moms and dads, doctors and lawyers, all who express their excitement to be part of something bigger.

"It's a good feeling, and it's really awesome to see everybody coming together to help the community out, and to help the kids for Christmas. And that's what it's all about", said Helmbrecht. 

All who participated wanted to remind the community that the run is not only for bikers, and all are welcome to ride along behind, or on their floats. 

Fund raising for next year's run begins immediately. Those who are interested in helping can donate, and are encouraged to attend the Holiday Jam auction, where all profits go toward purchasing gifts. 

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