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Latino Daily News

Monday December 16, 2013

San Diego-to-Tijuana “Toy Run” Remains Popular 25 Years Later

More than 3,000 motorcyclists traveled from San Diego to Tijuana to participate in the 28th edition of the “Toy Run,” a charitable event to support children living in the Mexican border city.

The event, organized by the Solo Angeles club of Tijuana and the Harley Davidson club of San Diego, gathered bikers from California and the Mexican state of Baja California, who donated toys to thousands of children who waited from early in the morning seated along Revolucion Ave. in Tijuana.

According to organizers, the caravan required about six months of preparation during which thousands of toys were donated by companies in the United States.

One of the participants, Diablo, said that the Toy Run began more than 20 years ago when a group of bikers delivered toys to a Tijuana orphanage and, once the immense demand was noticed, they decided to organize a much larger event.

“At times there are no words. You’re giving a child something he’s going to play with, and seeing his happy face is a great satisfaction,” Diablo said.

Maria Santos waited in line since very early in the morning, her 6-year-old son Samuel said, since in addition to helping him get a toys she enjoys seeing the motorcycles.

“She asked for one for Christmas,” he said smiling.

“It’s a very perfect event and we’re always grateful that they take the time to come and give happiness to my son and other children,” she said.

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