I'm not a christian, so I have no use for the religious aspects of Christmas. But I love the idea of a secular Santa Claus delivering toys to the good boys and girls all over the world. Of course, as an adult, I know that Santa can't do the job alone. He needs the help of good people everywhere.
Each year about this time, a few thousand of Santa's best elves climb aboard their motorcycles and deliver an amazing amount of toys for the children of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
For the last 21 years now, Bikers from all over the area gather for the annual Big Texas Toy Run. Because of the good weather, this year's toy run may include as many as 50,000 motorcycles. On Sunday participants will gather in Dallas, Fort Worth and Grapevine, and at 1:00pm they will all head for the Arlington Convention Center to deliver their toys.
They will be coming down I-30 from Dallas and Fort Worth, and down Hwy. 360 from Grapevine. Let me tell you, it is an impressive thing to see.
Event chairman Nick Taddonio says, "We've got a lot of people from out of state coming, folks who said, 'This is the biggest one in the country so what the heck, let's go.' That's good for the kids."
The toys will be given to the kids in Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County and several other charities.
I'd like to give a big pre-run "thank you" to the Biker elves. You guys and gals are doing a wonderful thing. And if any of you readers of this blog have a bike and are feeling a bit elvish, join the fun. You'll be glad you did.