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Freedom of Road Riders Celebrate Christmas

These bikers say it's never too early for Christmas.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) These bikers say it's never too early for Christmas.

"Santa's on his way," said Freedom of Road Riders member Nick Swope.

Dozens of members from the Freedom of Road Riders lined up Sunday afternoon to give gifts to the kids in the Noyes Home, and to also be Santa's helper.
 
"Pass those out for me. My helper," said Santa Claus.

"We give the kids their own personal presents that they give us a list for," said Swope.

This is the 33rd year that the bikers have given gifts to kids within the community, and Swope's 23rd year.

"A lot of great reactions, some of it you can't explain it, some of them jump up and down for joy," said Swope.

"They have a ball up there, they'll run around, they'll even, after we pass gifts out up there, if you want to they'll take you around and show you their rooms and stuff at the Noyes home. They just get excited," said Freedom of Road Riders President Jim Cross.

The Toys for Tots Run is a state wide event hosted by the bikers that they do every November.

"It's just a thing that all kids are suppose to receive something from Santa. It's a great time for the children. A lot of times when we pull in, even with the children when we're passing out there, to be able to see santa claus, and be able to commute with the gentlemen from the North. But yes it's a great time for the kids," said Santa Claus.

Swope and the Freedom of Road Riders are hoping to continue this tradition of Christmas spirit for one reason. 

"The kids, you know just the kids, and it's a good charity deal," said Swope.
"Because I love kids," said Cross.
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