Hundreds of motorcyclists parade through Portland for toy run

(pic gallery)--Hundreds of black-clad Christmas themed motorcyclists traveled in a roaring motorcade Saturday to give toys to children during the 38th annual ABATE Shriners Toy Run at Shriners Hospital in Southwest Portland.

The event began with motorcyclists socializing and holding a raffle in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer Corporate Center, Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Raffle tickets were $10 and the winner received a Harley Davidson. Additional proceeds from the raffle went to Shriners Children Hospital. 

At around noon, the more than 200 bikers took to the streets heading west on Powell Boulevard, across the Ross Island Bridge and into Portland's Southwest Hills to Shriners Hospital for Children. They were led by Portland police officers on motorcycles and accompanied by a truck loaded with $6,000 worth of toys. 

Inside the hospital, a mix of motorcyclists, hospital staff, children and family members watched as Mr. and Ms. Santa handed out gifts to individual kids. 

ABATE is nonprofit organization that works to raise public awareness about motorcycles through community involvement. Chapters across the country hold toy runs and other events.

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