40th annual Wichita Toy Run

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Riders in the 40th annual Wichita Toy Run started on Douglas and made their way to the Hartman Arena in Park City. Thousands of cyclists carried toys for children. 

Jeff Potelle has been at every toy run since they began in 1979. "It's pretty incredible really. It's just the right thing to do. It makes you feel good to be able to help people."

Music played and people danced, but riders say it's all about giving back. "We're giving kids Christmas that otherwise wouldn't have it," says Jovery Fry, motorcyclist. 

Fry says she's just doing what makes sense, "it's my way to give back. You know when my kids were little and I didn't have much, people gave to me so I give back every year." 

Riders are hopeful the Wichita Toy Run will continue to get bigger and better every year, giving to more kids. 

"Just because you ride a motorcycle or something like that, they think that you don't care, but it's not true. Some of these bikers out here have the biggest hearts you've ever seen. They'll go out of their way to help you out," says Potelle. 

If you would like to donate toys or money to kids for Christmas this year, you can visit the Wichita Toy Run's Facebook page. 
 

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