The Salvation Army Headquarters surrounded by motorcycles.

The Salvation Army Headquarters surrounded by motorcycles.

Meridian Street was shaken today from the combined horsepower of nearly 200 motorcycles.  The 14th annual Circle City Toy Run to benefit The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy program took place this afternoon as a giant convoy of bikes, which required a police escort, traveled from Zaines Too Bar & Grill to The Salvation Army’s Headquarters on Meridian Street.

See photos of today’s event.

The bike enthusiast brought with them nearly 700 toys which will be distributed to children in need during The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop.  Last year, over 8,500 toys were collected and distributed to families in need through Salvation Army Toy programs.  The nearly 700 toys is the most ever collected during the Circle City Toy Run.

The organizer of the Circle City Toy Run, Ron “Bumber” Herron says that he runs the annual event in honor of his Mother, Dorothy Herron, who was big supporter of The Salvation Army.  Major Keith Welch expressed his gratitude for the generous gift as he spoke to the participants.  “You all know how important these toys are going to be for children in need this Christmas.  That’s why you do this and we thank you for your amazing gift,” said Major Welch.

As succesful as this year’s event was, Ron Herron is not satisfied.  “I’ve already got commitments for next year and it’s going to be even bigger,”  said Herron.  It’s unclear just how many motorcycles will fit in The Salvation Army’s parking lot but they can’t wait to find out.