The Rolling Thunder Toy Run brings motorcyclists together for a very worthwhile purpose: the joy of children receiving gifts at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids. Strapped to bikes two abreast in row after row are lots and lots of brand new children’s toys. With too many to carry we load the overflow into waiting pickup trucks. Fire Engines and Police Bikes, sirens screaming clear the path as we all proudly make our way through lights and intersections. Bikes of all types’ makes and colors saddled with riders ranging from all-season diehards to weekend enthusiasts make their way to the final destination. For this day, we are one sister/brotherhood of riders thinking of the smiles our toys will bring to kids’ faces. The thunder of hundreds of motorcycle engines fills the crisp November air. But this is not a day just for motorcyclists as spectators line the streets, excitedly waving, calling and whistling to the riders. One direction is blocked to all but motorcyclists, yet drivers on the other side and side streets stop, honk and wave. Though riders come from all over to participate in his event, it’s a day for Ohioans to be proud, the fellowship that brings us together and the goal we accomplish. It’s thrilling, breathtaking, moving…and downright fun.