Bikers present Lawton Fire Department with $2700 check

Bikers present Lawton Fire Department with $2700 check

LAWTON, Okla._Christmas morning will be a little brighter for local kids thanks to the generosity of area bikers acting as Santa's helpers.

The Lawton Coalition of Motorcyclists presented the Lawton Fire Department, Wednesday, with a check totaling more than $2700. Over the weekend, the bikers held their annual toy run, collecting canned goods and unwrapped toys for the entry fee.

The canned goods are donated to the Lawton Food Bank, whose shelves go bare through the holiday season.

"During the holidays there is a lot of families that struggle especially with food, they are trying to buy presents for their children and so this is really going to help make a lot of families' holidays a lot better," said Food Bank board member Crystal Nelson.

The bikers started fundraising back in April. The money raised and toys collected will help Lawton Firefighters buy toys for children this Christmas who would otherwise go without.

"It means so much to see kids' eyes when they receive those presents and it really touches your heart when you see that joy come about," said Lawton Fire Lieutenant Rex Scrudder.

The Lawton Fire Department will continue collecting toys for their annual Christmas with Kids program. The toy must be new and unwrapped and dropped off at a fire station.  Parents can sign their children up with their child's LPS school counselor. Sign up will close December 9.