It’s the third annual Toy Ride to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bee County.
Carol Garner and her husband, who own and operate the B.O.B.W.E. biker establishment, started it themselves to give back to the community that has given them so much.
“Anything we collect, toys or cash donations, all stays here in Bee County,” Garner mentioned.
“I’m not sure which day, but I’m sure we’ll make an announcement later on when it’ll be open to the public so the parents in need can bring their children and pick out a gift.”
The event starts out at B.O.B.W.E., where riders will meet at noon then mount their bikes and head off down the road to Chasers Bar & Grill in Papalote, then head over to Al’s Friendly Drive-In in Skidmore, then up to the Roadside Tavern in Beeville and finally over to the River Bend Sports Bar until ending up back at B.O.B.W.E.
The ride also will conclude with a police escorted ride through town on the way to B.O.B.W.E. so residents can bring their kids out and watch all the bikers roll through town at around 6 p.m.
Along the way, the bikers will be picking up the toys and cash donations at each location.
“We have riders who come from San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, Ingleside, I mean from all over to participate,” Garner said.
And another unique aspect of the event is the way the toys are handed out.
“The children have a wish list that I try to get everything they ask for on their list.
“It’s really, really nice.
“We try to get what’s on the wish list, because if you have a wish list and you don’t get anything that’s on it, what’s the sense?
“I mean, one kid wanted a tube for his tire. Another little girl asked for a coat.
“I tried to get pretty much what everyone wanted last year.
“I think there were 19 kids, and we wrapped them (presents) real nice and things like that.”
And during the handing out of the gifts, there will be plenty of good food donated by Pizza Hut and KFC for the kids to munch on.
But this event is only one of many the establishment has conducted over the years for fellow patrons or basically anyone who needs help.
“We try to do other stuff, too. When people are in need, we do fundraisers for them to help out,” she said.
They recently raised some funds to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“I’m a New Yorker, so it hit close to home for me on Long Island.”
It’s oblivious Carol and her husband have no qualms about giving whenever possible.
“It’s really just coming out to the community to help out.
“The community pretty much helps us out.
“We’re here in the community, so we want to help the community.”
And though the ride happens Saturday, people are still urged to donate toys and cash afterward.
“If they want to wrap the gift, just put a little note on it saying if it’s for a boy or girl and the age group it would appropriate for.”
And don’t be surprised if you see Santa riding right along with them this weekend.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.