Wichitans drop off Christmas items for less fortunate kids

WICHITA, Kansas – A large group of Wichitans took advantage of Sunday’s weather and geared up and rode their bicycles to drop off Christmas items for less fortunate kids.

More than 200 bicyclers made a four mile ride from Exploration Place to O.J. Watson Park with toys tied to their bikes. Once they arrived, they were greeted by Marines.

This is the fifth year Lee’s Bike Shop held the ride. Toy’s are recommended to help the less fortunate, but food and cash donations are¬†accepted as well.

“The Marines, they come to us and say, thank you very much for what you’re doing. There’s a lot of people that benefit from that,” said Toys for Tots Bike Ride organizer, Lee Engler. “Or course at this time, you have people that need food items.”

Last year, about four hundred toys were donated and Marines believe they exceeded that Sunday. The money raised will be used to buy more toys for kids.

More than 8,000 kids in Sedgwick County received a toy for Christmas last year.

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