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Auction raises money for Christmas presents

Hundreds of citizens attended the L.A. Bikers “Toyz for Kidz” auction Thursday night, helping the organization raise money to purchase Christmas presents for needy kids in the community.

Interested buyers bid on dozens of homemade items, including wooden shelves, chairs, swings and even a full-scale playhouse.

Jody Jeter, a spokesperson for the L.A. Bikers, said that the auction raised as much money as last year and will allow the bikers to bring Christmas to just as many kids in 2014.

“I thought the night went great,” she said. “We had even more people show up and even more items than we did last year. There was a bid for every single item; we didn’t have a single thing left.”

Jeter said she will now contact the schools to get a list of children who qualify for the assistance. Those kids will then submit their wish list, and the L.A. Bikers will shop for the toys in the coming weeks.

The Christmas presents will be distributed during a bike ride on Saturday, Dec. 13. Jeter said there are usually about 100 bikers and other riders who join.

“A lot of people just travel in their vehicles,” she said. “You don’t have to have a motorcycle to join.”

For more information about the L.A. Bikers and their “Toyz for Kidz” project, visit online at www.labikerzforkidz.com or search for L.A. Bikers on Facebook.