By Ron Matz

DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — The third annual Trauma Teddy Bear Run will be held in Dundalk this Saturday.

Ron Matz reports a group of dedicated motorcycle riders are reaching out once again to help ease the pain of children and senior citizens.

Teddy bears and bikers are a great combination. The Sisters of Chrome and other riders will gather in Dundalk for the third annual Teddy Bear Run. The stuffed animals are collected and given to local police and fire departments to bring a smile to a child.

“The police and the fire carry the teddy bears in their emergency vehicles. When they go on a call and a child is hurt or traumatized they can hand that child a stuffed animal to comfort them,” said “Chaos,” Sisters of Chrome Women’s Motorcycle Club of Essex.  “I came across a police officer and he had some teddy bears in the back seat. I asked him what he did with the teddy bears and he told me what they did with them. He also said they buy them out of their own pocket.  I went to the girls and said we can help them out, it’s for these children.”

The teddy bears are also delivered to seniors.

“Last year we went to the elderly people and seniors and got them teddy bears,” said Alyssa “Princess” Paulley, age 9. “It made me feel good to help them.”

It starts at American Legion Post 38 in Dundalk. After the ride, you can party for just $20.

“We average about 200 bikes for the ride.  It will go through Dundalk and will last about an hour. We want to get everyone back here at 11 a.m. so everybody has a chance to take in the activities,” said “Blaze,” Sisters of Chrome Women’s Motorcycle Club of Essex. “We have three bands, vendors and a lot of good stuff going on. It’s a big party.”

In the first two years, the Sisters of Chrome have collected 5,000 teddy bears for the cause.

“Back River Neck Methodist Church donated over 200 of them last year and they’re donating them now. We get them from the public and we buy the teddy bears as well,” said “Chaos.”

“It’s very rewarding to come out and know you’re doing a community service.  We’re helping people in nursing homes who don’t really have much, and helping children who may have been traumatized by injury,” said “Blaze.”

The motorcycle riders are easing the pain, one teddy bear at a time.

The ride begins at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.


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