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Bikers come together in Oroville to support Salvation Army

Supporters of the Salvation Army came together to put on a Toy Run, that raised donations for kids in Butte County.

Posted: Dec 13, 2020 12:49 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Supporters of the Salvation Army came together to put on a Toy Run, that raised donations for kids in Butte County. 

The supporters in Oroville were at the First Butte County Kids Toy Run. It started at the end of Montgomery St. in Oroville.

Riders spent time socializing and getting ready, then they had a bike parade on Montgomery.

Action News Now spoke to the organizer Rick Pratt who says he only started putting it all together six days ago.

"The guy from Salvation Army said we needed more toys so last Sunday night I came up with this idea and it really came together in a week's time. So it's really an awesome thing to do," said Pratt. 

Rick Pratt added to participate riders had to bring a new unwrapped toy or have a donation. 

"We are giving all the toys to Salvation Army. It is going to keep the toys here in Butte County it is not going outside Butte County," said Pratt.

Pratt added various clubs donated and so did some businesses from around Butte County. 

"I just can't believe the turnout for the bikers who came out in such a short time. I tell them, Christmas morning man, it's like when you go share it with your family remember you got a toy for a kid this year, and man that's what it's all about," said Pratt. 

Michael Dominguez who is the Corps Officer for the Oroville Salvation Army said it was an amazing gesture for the kids. 

"It's just huge our community has been through a lot the last couple years and last couple months. So to be able to partner with different groups and organizations and bring gifts so our kids can experience a better Christmas than they might have, it is huge. It is awesome," said Dominguez. 

Dominguez also expressed how grateful Salvation Army is for the help. 

"Hopefully this will be something we continue. Next year it could be even bigger and go on from there and provide for our community in Oroville," said Dominguez. 

Pratt agreed with that saying they hope to have the event every year from now on. 

Pratt also said they encouraged riders to wear masks and to social distance, but because the event was outside, it made it easier. 

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