Motorcyclists brave the rain to deliver Christmas to kids

By DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Through the rain and along slick roads, motorcycle riders delivered Christmas cheer to 40 children at the Tupelo Children’s Mansion on Saturday.
Members of the Mingo Mid-South Riders and other motorcyclists from around the area delivered a truckload of toys to the Mansion in east Tupelo as a part of the 21st Annual Mingo Riders Toy Run.
Many riders opted not to make the trip because of the rain, but those who did were more than happy to sacrifice a few hours of discomfort for a few minutes of heart-warming smiles.
“It could have been a tornado coming down the highway and I would have found a way to ride today and deliver these presents,” said Michael Sykes as he pulled at a bag of toys he had strapped down on his bike.
“This is a big help to the kids and the Mansion but it’s a big help to us as well.”
The Children’s Mansion is a residential group home serving families and children in crisis situations.
Gary Smith, president of the Mingo Riders, said that even though the 238 riders that participated in last year’s Toy Run has decreased because of the weather, it was impressive to see so many riders still show up to make the ride from Ballard Park to the Children’s Mansion.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.