Ditching bikes for barbies

By Michelle Costanza

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Toys "R" Us may not be the usual hangout for Harley Davidson enthusiasts, but more than 20 of them were found there Monday night in the spirit of giving.

The Binghamton Harley Owner's Group hosted several fundraisers through the year racking up $10,000.

The leather-clad group has been teaming up with Toys For Tots for 25 years by helping to fill the space under Christmas trees.

"Its funny, you see a bunch of us running around a toy store picking up dolls," laughed John Oleski, assistant director of the Harley club.

The bikers were each given a short list with an age group and a few generic items to pick up, but it was up to them to fill the extra space in the carts.

"Its easier than you think. They get going and we all have fun with it," said Oleski.

Dolls, action figures, puzzles and baking sets were among the piles of toys that were scooped from the register into the Harley trailer waiting outside.

"For everybody who doesn't have anything, they've gone through floods, fires, it's something we can do to help them out," Oleski explained.

The bikers said that while they may not personally know the children receiving the gifts, the important thing is to spread as much kindness as possible to those families who may need a little extra help this Christmas.

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