Bikers gear up for annual Toy Run

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The York County Harley Davidson Owner's Association Toy Run is this weekend.

On Saturday, a huge group of bikers will take a motorcycle ride from Sam's Club in York to Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital to deliver toys.

Shoppers descended on the aisles of Wal-Mart Friday to stock up for the ride.

"Just seeing the kids with their faces and how they smile, it just makes them so happy. It's great, it just warms your heart," said Sue Rugh, who lives in Dover.

The Toy Run has gotten so big over the years that the hospital has run out of space to put all of the toys in. Now the group also donates money and phone cards to children and their families.

"These children are up there for anywhere from weeks to months at a time, fighting for their lives. The simple act of calling your parents when your parents are doing everything they can just to pay for the medical bills. So the calling card means the world to that family," said Steve Stambaugh, who helps organize the event.

"I think that they are being a huge help to the kids in the hospital," said 10-year-old James Rouscher.

Helping out with the run has a special meaning for James. He has cystic fibrosis and has spent his fair share of time living at the hospital.

"I gave up trick or treating to do this. This is more important than getting any random candy from strangers' houses," he said.

The toys that are donated will go out to hundreds of kids who come through the hospital for weeks and months to come.

The ride leaves Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from Sam's Club in York. Registration is from 10:00 until 12:30.

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