Gifts, wheels and smiles: Children’s Home of Reading gears up for the holidays

Bikers representing five different clubs gathered at the Reading Motorcycle Club, revving their engines and embarking on a journey to the Children’s Home of Reading, all with the noble mission of assisting less privileged children in our community.

An impressive $1,400 in gift cards, alongside a generous assortment of toys and games, was collected during the heartwarming Holiday Toy Run event.

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Jill Troutman, the Vice President of Advancement, Marketing, and Communications for The Children’s Home of Reading, shared, “This annual event marks the official beginning of our Holiday Gift Drive, and it’s a joyful occasion where children and bikers come together, forging unforgettable connections.”

She also mentioned the commitment to starting preparations for the following year on the same day, highlighting the dedication of all involved in making a meaningful impact on the lives of children.

Bob Yohn, the organizer representing the Garden Spot Motorcycle Club, expressed, “We kickstart our planning for the next year immediately after this event, cherishing the opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of these deserving kids.”

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During the event, riders and children indulged in hot chocolate and snacks while engaging in conversations about motorcycles, engineering, and even had the privilege of a visit from Santa himself.

“The Holiday Gift Drive has started and over 10,000 kids wishes are ready to be filled,” Troutman said, “We are just looking for some elves and helpers now.”

The Children’s Home of Reading extends its services to over 4,000 children and their families through a remarkable array of 40 programs. For those interested in learning more or lending a helping hand, visit buildingkidslives.org or reach out at 610-478-8266, extension 1249.

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