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More than 300 bikers join the Butte County toy drive

A little cold, grey weather didn't stop hundreds of bikers from gearing up and hitting the road for the 30th TJ Memorial Butte County Toy Drive.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2017 12:52 PM

A little cold, grey weather didn't stop hundreds of bikers from gearing up and hitting the road for the 30th TJ Memorial Butte County Toy Drive.

341 riders revved their engines and took off!

And it sounds like they had a great time.

Terry Jones and Pastor Dave Sweets started this in 1987.

Motorcyclists from all over Butte County gathered at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico around 9 a.m., Saturday. 

The bikers donated toys and gift cards and it all goes to hundreds of children in foster care for Christmas.

The toys are distributed by children’s services of Butte County.

The ride went through Durham and up through Paradise with an escort from Paradise Police and eventually, it all ended with lunch at the Calvary Chapel in Magalia.

“We organized the first one in 87 and about 50 bikers showed up and the church showed up and gave them chili and then children’s services was called and they said we got toys and she said what? And it began and now it's been 30 years later,” Sweets said.

Sweets will be stepping down as chairman of the toy drive at the end of this year.

He says he hopes he can leave a legacy behind that helps generations of children and families in the future.

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