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December 20, 2002

Valdosta - He may travel by motorcycle instead of a sleigh, but this Christmas, Don Brotherton is Valdosta's real life Santa Claus.

"We're going to ride from the Speedway Station to Five Points, and all the bikers will bring an unwrapped toy as their entry fee, and those toys will go to the Salvation Army," said Brotherton.

Brotherton's organizing the 10th annual Outback Riders' Toy Ride...where hundreds of bikers will gather in Valdosta to help provide less fortunate children with the Christmas they deserve.

"We'll have people from Albany, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and all over the state," said Brotherton. "We're Valdosta's unofficial second Christmas parade."

Brotherton has taken part in the toy ride for years. But, this year, he's added a personal touch. "I decided I'd buy 15 bicycles myself and donate them to unfortunate children," said Brotherton. "Maybe I'll help give somebody a little merrier Christmas."

More than 500 bikers turned out for last year's toy ride . Brotherton's expecting even more to turn out tomorrow...giving the needy children of Lowndes County a Christmas they'll never forget.

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