Toys for Tots

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Sunday marked the 19th annual Toys for Tots motorcycle parade. More than 400 bikers from all over the Panhandle gathered at the Bay County Fairgrounds. Many of the riders brought toys which will go to a foster parents’ group in Bay County.

Almost $5,000 raised at the event will go to the Salvation Army which helps children who are victims of domestic violence. The parade headed down Tyndall Parkway and returned to the fairgrounds by way of Business 98.

Officials say bikers often get a bad rap and this annual event helps to change public perception.

Steve Bachand says, “Everybody's got the image of the biker. Well, this is the one time of the year where the biker can give back to the community and show that there are more today than there are of the old images where the biker wasn't so good. Today’s bikers are a whole new breed.”

The annual parade is organized by the Bay County Motorcycle Association.