“Christmas In August” Ralley collects donations for local charities

August 8, 2013

Members of the Tornado Alley Road Riders (TARR) and Southwest Oklahoma ABATE donated approximately 100 lbs. of canned and dry goods, and collected over $600 of baby items, as part of their 5th Annual, “Christmas in August,” Rally, on Saturday, Aug. 3. Together the two motorcycle clubs met at the Altus Community Center and took a scenic “Poker Run” route to the North Shore of Quartz Mountain where they gathered canned foods for Operation Care and baby items for Pathways in Altus.

“These volunteers are amazing,” Operation Care Ministries Director Angela Ybarra said Tuesday, Aug. 6, when the charity organization received food items to fill up their food pantry.

“The response to food and baby items was great,” said Dale Webster, TARR member of 22 years. “Our admission fee was three cans or four baby items. With the number of people that participated we far exceed what was required. People donated more than just the minimum.”

“People in Southwest Oklahoma are so good about that,” TARR Co-Founder Jeannie Huber added. “We always get more than what we ask for.” Huber estimated, between 20 bikes and 30 people, at least $600-700 worth of baby items were donated from participants to be delivered to Pathways next week.

“It was a lot of fun,” Huber said. “We had good camaraderie with all the bikers who came from all over.”

Tornado Alley Road Riders have begun collecting toys for their 25th Annual Toy Run on Dec. 14. Club members will be in front of Wal-mart collecting new and slightly used toys on Saturday, Nov. 2. All toys are being donated to SOCAG Head Start. This is the 25th year since the club has been established.

For more information on toy donations with the Tornado Alley Road Riders contact Jeannie Huber at (580) 471-7174.

For more information about food pantry donations to Operation Care call (580) 381-2490.