LAWTON,OKLa.- Christmas is often called the most wonderful time of the year, but for many parents with children it can be a stressful time. Many parents are more financial strapped than ever due to the holiday season and have to mark Christmas gift giving off their list of priorities.
Saturday the Lawton toy run committee teamed up with the Lawton firefighters and Lawton food bank in efforts to see that hundreds of deserving kids will get the Christmas they deserve.
"Every kid deserves to have something for Christmas, doesn't matter if its something big something small but everyone deserves to have something." said Samantha Hamrick.
Hamrick is just one of the hundreds of bikers that came from all over Oklahoma to participate in this years biker toy run, Hamrick says the decision to donate a toy came easy.
"I have a little girl and I would hate to see her go without something for Christmas so its kind of like an excitement cause you know a little kid is going to be happy to open something up on Christmas."
Lawton firefighter Josh Hall said while many children spend their Christmas morning unwrapping the several presents Santa brought them, many more will spend the holiday with an empty Christmas tree.
"We've got a lot of needy kids in Lawton, every year our list just gets growing bigger and bigger, more people not with jobs or having a little harder time making it so they work all year long raising funds and getting toys together just so they can have this one event."said Hall.
And Lawton food bank director Jeri Mosiman said even more important than getting Barbie dolls and Legos that will be placed under the Christmas tree is the food that doesn't always make it to the dinner table.
"The need is so great, and especially with the holidays cause everyone has extra expenses at the holidays." said Mosiman.
And once everything is collected, families will be able to pick up the donated food at the Lawton food bank while the toys will be personally delivered by firefighters.
"It's one thing for adults not to have something for Christmas its quite another one for kids, you want all kids to have something for Christmas." said Hall.