Christmas For Children in Need

By Alexis Bullard

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 1:07 AM EDT

Johnson City, (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Harley Club has raised $13,000 for Toys for Tots this year.

The hefty donation will help children of Broome County who might have gone without a Christmas.

Both organizations held a shopping spree at Toys R Us in Johnson City. Three registers were devoted specifically to the Christmas drive.

Volunteers filled hundreds of bags with gifts, and shopping carts overflowed with toys. Katie Radicchi, one of Santa's helpers said the best part is just giving back.

"Every year we've been doing sign-ups and bagging toys and it has been a lot of fun," said Radicchi. "And it has been actually very rewarding to get to help those who really, without the donations of the community, wouldn't have a Christmas otherwise."

Broome County Toys for Tots President Steve Ward said this has been the biggest drive they have had all year and is grateful for the aid of the Binghamton Harley Club.

"This is what it's all about this holiday season," said Ward. "And if it wasn't for them, a lot of the bags might not get filled."

Despite the success of the drive, Toys for Tots is still in need of toys. They are still accepting toys for newborns through 10-year-olds. They currently have the greatest need for toys for older children.

Donated toys must be in new, unopened condition and will be accepted until Dec. 20. Toys can be dropped off at any police department or at their headquarters at 201 Main St. in Binghamton.

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