Big deliveries help with big need at Toys for Tots warehouse

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Harley-Davidson riders make big donation to Toys for Tots

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Twin Cities Harley motorcycle riders have delivered hundreds of bicycles to the U.S. Marines for the 2010 Toys for Tots drive.

"Our customers are so generous.  We asked them for help because we know the 'tweens' need help again.  They came through big time," said Dale Schneider, General Manager of Wild Prairie Harley Davidson in Eden Prairie.

Customers, employees and business partners from Wild Prairie and St. Paul Harley-Davidson helped buy and assemble 321  bikes for Toys for Tots.

"It's that feeling of freedom that we get when we ride a motorcyle.  We just want to pass that on to the younger generation," Schneider added.

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Radio controlled rides

Another delivery from local plumbers, electricians and HVAC workers added pallets full of radio control vehicles to the warehouse in Mendota Heights.

"These are awesome little trucks," Steve Grohn of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Minneapolis.

The Hummer Trucks look like the real ones used by local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning and Mr. Sparky Electric employees.

"Maybe they'll grow up to be a plumber or work on furnaces or be an electrician," Grohn said about the kids who will get one of the Hummers.

Need up, donations down

The deliveries are especially good news for Marines who say donations this year are down from 2009.

"We're down 75,000 toys at this point," said U.S. Marine Sergeant Will Abderhalden.

The slower pace of donations comes at a time when requests for help are up. Already 208 different agencies have asked for toys from the Marines.

Donations are being accepted at KARE 11 through December 19th. The Toys for Tots tent will be open daily through Sunday, December 19th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Marines will be on hand to accept donations. KARE 11 will broadcast live from the tent during most evening newscasts.

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