Motorcyclist and other volunteers got together Saturday for the annual Toy Run. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Motorcyclist and other volunteers got together Saturday for the annual Toy Run. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – For over 25 years the Wetzel Motorcycle Club, other local bikers, and community volunteers have gotten together to help children in need during Christmas. This year, the group got together at Walmart on Saturday evening to do their annual Toy Run.

Last year, 150 children were provided toys, and the group spent around $12,000. This year, with a good fundraising year, the group were able to buy for nearly 200 children.

With a large amount of volunteers, Tony Krick of the Wetzel MC said they can get all of the shopping done in around four hours, but the shopping can take as long as six hours with less volunteers.

“We do fundraisers throughout the year to buy for Christmas,” said Krick. “Wetzel MC is here; Babes Out On Bikes are here supporting us this year. It’s a bunch of friends, family, and volunteers helping out.”




The group gets a list of “wish” and “need” items from children from the Salvation Army. The list doesn’t include names, but does include clothing sizes, age and gender. The group had a limit of around $75 a child.

“We try to make sure we get all of their needs and still get some wants,” said Krick.

They met in the Garden Center Saturday and then shopped for hours throughout Walmart finding items on the children's’ lists.

Krick said that the bikers feel the need to give back to the community. They want to make sure that as many kids as possible receive gifts on Christmas.

“How many kids wouldn’t have Christmas if we didn’t do this?” said Krick. “We want to help out.”