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Christmas is still a few weeks away, but that didn't stop more than 80 motorcyclists from getting a head start on spreading some Christmas cheer.

More than 200 toys could be found in front of the Harrison County Courthouse on Sunday afternoon, thanks to those bikers, who used their motorcycles in place of a sleigh to bring in toys for local children in need.

Participants started out in Lost Creek at South Harrison High School.

"Everybody met there, and we came out Route 19, over VA Straight, through Nutter Fort, then went through town," said organizer Hayseed Hall.

For many of the riders, their journey began many years ago.

"Most of the bikers that are here today started this, so then it just went down many generations," said Jennifer Crane of West Milford.

Jerry Hebb, who also went by "Santa Claus" on Sunday, has participated in the event since it began 33 years ago. Hebb said he makes it a point to come out every year for one main reason.

"We're here for the kids. This is just something that we've done and like doing. It's kind of an end-of-the-year get-together, and everyone appreciates what we do," said Hebb.

Crane is also a seasoned veteran of the event. She has been in the procession since she was seven years old.

"I used to ride in my uncle's black van in here, drop off toys...back then, they had a Christmas Tree here, so all of the toys went under the Christmas Tree," said Crane.

Organizers plan to donate the toys to children in the Southern Harrison County area and hope to continue the toy run for many years to come.

"My wife and some of the other girls here are teachers at Lost Creek Elementary, and they've got the names of everybody that needs help and assistance. So that's where they're going to. There's a lot of kids out there who need help, and Santa Claus rides a Harley. He always has," said Hall.