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"Bikers are not the real rough folks that you might think," said Billy Anderson of the Music City Harley Owners. "There's a lot of good-hearted folks out there."
More than 600 riders took to the streets for the 18th-annual Toy Parade, which helps families in need put food on the table and gifts under the tree on Christmas Day.
"It means a great deal to us," Anderson said. "We give back to the community because the community is good to us."
The donations benefit the Christmas Basket Program, where metro police officers deliver toys to needy Nashville families, the morning of Christmas Eve.
"It's such a wonderful, wonderful feeling, when you knock on that door we get hugs, we see tears in their eyes, we hear the most wonderful stories," said Commander Michele Donegan of the Hermitage precinct.
Donegan is in charge of the Christmas Basket Program, which is now in its 51st year. She says the department wouldn't be able to help as many families without the support of the annual bike ride.
"It's huge," Donegan said. "Last year we had 174 families we helped, which actually gave toys to over 600 children in Davidson County."
Bikers say it's the least they could do for families that share the roads, and the neighborhoods with them.
Those families that morning will be blessed with something to eat and the toys for the kids, so we take great heart in that, Anderson said.
Police officers choose which families in their districts they think should get the food and toy donations, and hand deliver them Christmas Eve.
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Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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