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Ride for Toys helping Missoula kids

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MISSOULA - Despite Saturday's cold weather dozens of people met up for the third annual Ride for Toys.

In the years past, those in attendance mostly rode their motorcycles, but because of the icy road conditions, all but one of the participants will be driving to the finish line.

“This is by far the worst weather we've ever had -- by far. It is just dangerous and it was icy. We had one motorcycle. ONE bike show up today. the rest of us are in cars, far too dangerous to ride.”

Despite less than ideal conditions, the team was determined to make it to the end. Many bikers and other community members participated in the ride Bikers against Bullies partnered with many local organizations for this event, one of which was Watson’s Children's Shelter.

The Watson Children's Shelter gave the bikers the Christmas lists of children in the shelter, and Flash says that people from all across the nation contributed gifts to make their lists a reality.

The ride was over when they reached Grizzly Harley Davidson, where they were able to load up and donate their toys. "It's a lot of fun and its just kind of that feeling that we're paying it forward we’re doing something right," said Flash.

For the second year in a row, the ride started at Krispy Kreme donuts off of brooks street. The owner said he is proud to help out.  

“It's good to see these guys that that take their time to even be out here on a morning like this, it goes to show that that they really feel strongly about it.” Said Hunter Boyd, Krispy Kreme Owner. 

Flash hopes that Bikers Against Bullies will inspire many other local organizations and movements within the community to good and charitable deeds. "It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. Santa Claus is alive if you keep him alive. And that’s what we get to be. How cool is that?”

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