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Fairbanks bikers unite with Santa to put on a toy drive

Santa took to the streets with North Star ABATE in a motorcycle toy run to collect toy...
Santa took to the streets with North Star ABATE in a motorcycle toy run to collect toy donations for underprivileged kids this Christmas.(Ryan Osborne)
Published: Jul. 10, 2021 at 4:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Santa traded in his sleigh for a Harley Saturday and joined with local biker clubs to help collect toy donations for the holidays.

Alaskan Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education, or ABATE, partnered with the local Fairbanks vehicle dealerships, and organized their second annual motorcycle toy run. Participating bikers from the Harley Owners Group, Hells Angels, Bush Riders, and the Christian Motorcycle association took to the streets alongside North Star ABATE to collect toy donations provided by the Fairbanks community.

Kent Slavik, ABATE of Alaska North Star Chapter President told us “Today we are collecting toys. We’ve set boxes around at many places around the community, and people have been bringing in toys for donations that we collect, and we’re giving all of the toys to Santa’s Helpers which will then distribute them in December for those people who are less fortunate and are having a hard time making ends meet. This way they will all have a Christmas,” said Slavik.

Santa was on-site for the start of the bike run, and chimed in on the event. “ABATE and Santa’s Helpers did this last year and they had boxes and boxes of toys. This year I hope to see even more. Now Santa’s Helpers, in the winter time helps underprivileged families, and spreads out the joy of Christmas by spreading toys around town, and everybody helps. ABATE is a wonderful group for doing so, and Santa and Santa’s Helpers couldn’t be more happy.”

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