By: Everette “EZ” Short
On the first Saturday of December, warm weather and clear skies brought out Santa and his elves for the 2016 Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson Toy Run. With almost 300 bikes rolling into the back lot, the front lot, and the lots across the street, Santa had indeed called out the cavalry for a spectacular day. Sheri Gibson, the dedicated and ever faithful Director of Marketing for MBHD tells me that all in all, there were over 400 riders that showed up, to collect over $3,000 in donations for the day. Kickstands went up and the rowdy crowd, led by Santa, ruled the road for the day. There's something wild about that many bikes, taking to the road with Santa leading the way with a Christmas decorated propane tank rolling along.
The next stop was at The Boathouse on the waterway, where spirits were lifted in pint glasses and The Harley Shop at the Beach met with the toy run crowd for lunch, music, give aways and prizes for a helluvagood time.
By the end of the day, the run had 7 large boxes of toys and enough good cheer to last till Christmas for kids that deserve more than we can ever give them. The best part of that day is that we all came together with no attitudes, no accidents, and no incidents. With so many diverse people in the crowd we had one mission ~ to provide toys for kids that otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas. You won't read this until after the holiday has passed, but I would hope you did something, for no reason, for someone you've never met. It will make you feel good and the good news is that you can do it all year long.
I have to put out a special thank you to Leona Cheslick for the photos on that day, as I was in the ER with a friend and couldn't get there until it was all over, and to all the staff of MBHD for their gracious attitude throughout the year while hosting these events. They don't get paid extra to deal with crowds, but they do it without backing down from their 100% commitment to customer service and good will to all.
We'll see you all in the spring for the Rally and if you wander down to the beach to get outta town for a weekend, stop into Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson for a look see. Tell them that you read about them in The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine.