8 local families benefit from toy run


SAN ANTONIO - Eight local families on the city's south side got a special visit from Santa on Christmas day. It's all part of "For His Glory Toy Run," an organization made-up of different motorcycle groups in the Alamo City. 

Despite the untimely passing of the creator, Bernard Garcia, from cancer, members wanted to carry on his legacy and help even more families in his honor this year.

Grandmother Sylvia Martinez’ family was one of this year’s recipient.

“My husband's not working at the moment and we've been having rough times right now, but hopefully it gets better," said Martinez.

This is the second year for the toy run.  Biker Albert Gonzales is this year's organizer.

Wednesday the group passed out toys to children from CPS and the Harlindale Grandparents Support Group.

Children who received gifts are all either underprivileged or their parents are no longer in their lives and are now being raised by their grandparents.

"A lot of us didn't grow up where we're at now, and now that we've been blessed, we try to turn it around and bless other kids and other people in the same situation we use to be," said Gonzales.

Last year, the organization gave to four families. This year, they collected enough toys for eight families. Those involved hope to spread Christmas to more families each and every year.

"There's a lot of families here in San Antonio and they're not going to have a Christmas, and this is just a small way of giving back to the community," said biker participant Patrick Cortez.

"No matter what's going on in the world, the war, and Obamacare and all that mess, this is what it's all about ," said Gonzales.

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