By: Wendy Rogers
This year marked the 13th year running for the Steele Angels to have their Toy Run. As always, it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and it could not have been better weather for a mid-November day. It was in the 70’s, and the sun was out most of the day!
The Fayetteville motorcycling community came together to support the Steele Angels. The ride started at Legends Pub of Fayetteville and ended at The Doghouse. The Fayetteville Police Department provided motorcycle escort as Santa led the merry bikers across town to The Doghouse.
There were plenty of toys this year, which are much needed. There are going to be a lot of very happy children who might otherwise not have been able to enjoy that special day from Santa Claus this Christmas. They all look forward to at this time of the year. This year is definitely one of those years that we all need to come together and provide as much as possible due to the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew. It has brought devastation in this area and is still to this day trying to replenish and get over and get back to a normal state of life again.
It was a great day of socializing with the bikers whom all share a very common interest of riding motorcycles. The food, which was provided by The Doghouse, was great as always. They had prepared a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, beans, and mashed potatoes and it was delish! Cold beverages and some solo live music all brought this event together.
This year, the Steele Angels had David Phillips, the attorney for Cumberland County Board of Education, as a guest speaker. He spoke with appreciation that the Steele Angels has been giving them some great support since 2004, when the Back To School Events started. He was also expressing his appreciation to all the participants, because he knows without the participants and the sponsors, this type of event would not be possible.
All the toys and donations are used in the Cumberland County and surrounding areas. Social Services and the Battered Women Shelter will be helping them get these toys headed in the right direction and get to the children that are really in need. All children deserve to have a good Christmas. All children deserve to eat and have a good life, but the fact of the matter is, some don’t have that. Many organizations come together trying, attempting to make it better for them.
The Steele Angels would like to express their appreciation to all the sponsors and all the wonderful participants that attended and helped support this event. None of this would be possible without them! Remember on Christmas Day, and know in your heart, you put a smile on a kid’s face. God bless you.
Visit the Steele Angels Facebook page and watch The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine Cruisin’ Calendar for future events!