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      Christmas in July For Children at Florence Hospital

      Children in a Florence hospital got a special treat on Saturday, as a number of biker group chapters came together to collect toys and donations for them.

      Those items went to children at the Children's Miracle Network hospital. The hospital treats more than 42,000 children every year, many of them newborns.

      A lot of charities focus on collecting toys during the holdiday times, but the people who participated in Saturday's toy run say kids need toys all year round.

      Bikers from Free Riders along with other organizations revved up their motors, picked up donations at the WalMart on 544 in Surfside Beach and dropped them off in Florence.

      "Anything we can do for this community, we will go out there and the kids are first and foremost so we will go out there and help them out as much as we can," explained WalMart Children's Miracle Network representative Lisa Plummer. "Kids need toys all the time and what can make them more comfortable in the hospital is by having something to play with. Stuffed animals are a big thing at the hospital. They give them comfort when they are away from home and can't be with loved ones. So it really pulls at your heart for these kids and what they need at this time."

      More than forty bikers from across the state got involved in Saturday's event.

      "It means a lot because some people have a different look at bikers and we can come out here and show that we are all just people. We are on our bikes and we go out there and just have fun to give to the community and give to charities," said Jason Edwards, one of the biker's taking part in the ride.

      "There's children out there that really ned a helping hand. They really need kindness and love and if anyone can do that and support these children ath the hosital... what better gift can you give to yoruself and to them. and the love and the need, because they need us and we need to take care of our own," Plummer added.

      WalMart has collected almost $20,000 so far this year for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

      Volunteers were working to raise more than $1,000 in donations for the hospital at Saturday's event.