Santa will be in town Saturday, parading through downtown Statesboro with over 100 motorcycles as he gathers gifts for less fortunate children. The jolly old elf has been doing this for 14 years, said Southern Thunder Cruiser member Curtis Gay, an organizer of the event.
Saturday, Nov. 19, "will be the 14th consecutive year that motorcyclists from the Statesboro and surrounding areas will come together to help Santa Claus fill his bag with toys for the children who may not otherwise find many gifts under the tree," he said.
The Southern Thunder Cruisers, along with Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson and his office, are joining forces with the Statesboro Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market to sponsor this year's event, he said.
"As usual, we are meeting at Ogeechee Technical College, halfway between Statesboro and Interstate 16 on Highway 301 South, for sign-in and staging," he said.
Sign-in begins at 10 a.m., and the Christian Motorcyclist Association's Redeemed Riders will be serving hot coffee and donuts for participating riders.
"The ride will then pull out at 11:30 a.m., traversing through some of the most beautiful scenery that Bulloch County has to offer," Gay said. "The route will ultimately lead us to downtown Statesboro where the jolly old elf, in his motorcycle-drawn sleigh, will join us."
More than 100 motorcycles will escort Santa from the Bulloch County Courthouse down South Main Street and along Fair Road to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to see the sight.
"We would love to see the streets lined with people cheering and waving to Santa as we pass," Gay said. "Once we safely deliver Santa to the front door, he will be escorted inside to visit with all of the excited children."
Each motorcycle rider is asked to bring at least one new unwrapped $10 toy or money donation to give to Santa.
"After Santa is delivered, all participants will receive lunch, a chance at some wonderful door prizes and the satisfaction of knowing you helped give a needy child a very merry Christmas," he said.
All of the money and toys collected will be donated to the Bulloch County Department of Family and Children Services.