Santa’s elves donned leather jackets on a recent Saturday in North Carolina as hundreds of motorcycle riders hit the streets for the annual Toys For Tots Ride, sponsored by Ray Price Harley-Davidson and the Raleigh Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). Throughout November and December, the Ray Price dealership collected donated toys and bicycles to share with low-resource youth in the community. In all, Raleigh H.O.G., Walmart and Ray Price donated 80 bicycles and $2,500 in cash and toys to the U.S. Marines Toys For Tots.
“We enjoy the cruise-in with all our friends in Raleigh H.O.G., as well as partnering with the Marines to help put smiles on kids’ faces,” said Kris Weiss, Ray Price Harley-Davidson spokesperson.
The Raleigh H.O.G. makes a huge impact in the community. Earlier this year, employees of Walmart Triangle Town Center, including Raleigh H.O.G. member Billy Marshall, worked with store manager Bobby Parnell to donate their returned and damaged bicycles.
Raleigh H.O.G. members picked up the bikes, repaired them, and stored them at Ray Price Harley-Davidson to be distributed to the community throughout the year. In 2012, 40 bikes were donated to Toys For Tots.
The Toys For Tots Ride included participation in the Laying of the Wreath at the state capitol to honor fallen U.S. Veterans prior to the cruise-in to deliver the 80 bikes and truckloads of toys.
Ray-Price Harley-Davidson, now in its 30th year of operation, was named an inaugural member of the Powersports Business Power 50 dealerships earlier this year.