2-wheeled heroes make the holidays brighter

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For hundreds of kids in Colorado, this holiday season will be spent away from home. But thanks to some heroes riding on two wheels, the kids will not be without those new toys.

For the past 24 years, bikers have brought smiles to the patients at The Children's Hospital just in time for the holidays. Each year thousands of riders load up their bikes with toys for the kids who are spending Christmas away from home.

This year, one rider is adding a new surprise. Dave Russman has spent much of the last month building a sleigh to pull behind his Kawasaki motorcycle.

The sleigh, Dave plans to fill with toys. The kids, he hopes to fill with joy.

"It's tough enough to be in the hospital this time of year and I know with the economy and everything else, anything that any of us can do for the little tikes is well worth it," Russman explained.

The toy run is Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 11 a.m. Riders wishing to join in the run will meet at the Aurora Sports Park on East Colfax.

Anyone wishing to donate new toys for the cause can take them to local motorcycle dealerships or directly to The Children's Hospital.

For more information on the toy run, visit www.rmhog.org/toyrun.html.

For more information on The Children's Hospital, visit www.thechildrenshospital.org.

The following is a buying guide provided by the hospital.

The Children's Hospital Wish List

To assist you in making decisions about what to provide, here are a few guidelines:

1. Items that we are in need of the most include:

• Toys for infants and toddlers (see list)

• Items for teenagers (see list)


2. Items we cannot accept are:

• Used items

• Items with violent themes

• Bubbles

Toys for Infants and Toddlers

There are many children in the hospital that are in this age group (1 month-3 years). Items that work best are those with few pieces and are easily disinfected (nothing cloth).

Infant Mobiles (Wimmer Ferguson black & white)

Baby gyms/activity centers

Crib side mounted toys (washable) peaceful aquariums

Fisher Price Little People sets, play sets, farm animals furniture, farm garage, castle, medical play etc.

Squeeze toys

Rubber balls - all sizes

Shape sorters

Pounding Toys (pound and ball set, hammering bench)

Books-sound, cardboard, vinyl, pop-up, English and Spanish


Light up infant toys

Pop-up Toys

Music box


Crib Mirrors

Lullaby & soft music CD

See & Say

Infant Bouncy Seats (vibrating)

Boppy Pillows & Covers

Baby Einstein items

Toddler riding & push toys

Toy phones

Duplo blocks

Strike a ball

Infant dolls: both genders, all ethnicities

Puzzles 10 pieces or less

Stacking toys

Rescue heros

Little Tykes (wagons, push cars, riding toys)

Toy cash register


Play mobile sets

Kitchen sets with plastic food

Infant bead mazes


*No violent games, please*

$25.00 gift cards to Walmart or Target

Adolescent clothing (pajamas for girls, sweat shirts, sweat pants, t-shirts, sports clothing for boys, sweaters, hoodies etc.)

Purses: cute/trendy, over the shoulder, etc.

Arts & Crafts: bead kits, scrap booking kits, fuzzy felt posters, stained glass, fuse beads with peg shapes.

Book sets

Blank journals

Book - adolescent theme, English & Spanish

Video's/DVD's No R rated: English & Spanish

Exercise mats - plastic/vinyl

Models: cars, planes, boats, etc.

Nail polish sets

Cases of Puffs Plus tissues

Klulz Arts & Crafts books

Puzzles 500-1,000 pieces

Games: Othello, Battleship, Trouble, Clue, Connect 4, playing cards, Scrabble, Sorry, Yahtzee, Tri-Ominos, Catch Phrase, Uno, Skip Bo etc.

Magazine subscriptions (Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for kids, fashion, Teen)

Disposable cameras

Video Game Systems Xbox 360 Standard system for TCH in each room

Video Games for X Box 360. E rated only...

Extra controllers for Xbox 360

Handheld Video Game Systems (Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS Lite, PSP and games)

Headphones for CD players

Portable CD players with AM/FM radio

CD boom boxes/stereos

CD ROM games for computer (educational/

painting programs/entertaining)

Portable DVD players

Polaroid cameras

Polaroid film

Popular pop rock CD's

Digital cameras

One time use cameras



Always Needed


Colored Pencils

Crayons (8 pack)

Water color paints

Small Lego kits

Play dough

Pony Beads

Sketch pads, word searches, all ages, cross word puzzles

Puzzles 24-500 pieces

Playing cards

Spanish language books and videos



Glue & glue sticks


Batteries: C,D,AA,AAA

Search & find books: Where's Waldo, I Spy etc.

Craft kits

Bead kits

Fuzzy Felt Posters

Boxes of tissues

Paint by number art sets

Dover Stained Glass Coloring Books


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