Motorcycle riders from around Faulkner County and the state helped spread holiday cheer to pediatric patients Saturday during the 10th annual Conway Regional Toy Run.

Riders traveled from Toad Suck Harley Davidson to Conway Regional Medical Center to deliver more than 300 toys to area children.

Participants donated and collected new, unwrapped toys, which will be given to pediatric patients throughout the year at Conway Regional.

"There was a mountain of toys halfway up the tree," said Lori Ross, marketing and foundation director at Conway Regional Medical Center. "There were around 200 bikes and 300 people. Everyone of them laid a present beneath the tree. It was really impressive."

Conway Regional recognized the "First Five," Vicki and Ross Scalise, Mike and Roxanne Ford and Steve "Painter" Polk, who started the toy run 10 years ago.

U.S. Bank was also recognized for donating three Nintendo Wii systems, televisions and carts to the hospital. The gaming systems will be able to travel from room to room for many patients to enjoy.

Ross said it was nice to see so many people gather together and provide presents for local children in the community.

"They are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts," Ross said. "They are wonderful people with hearts of gold."

Ross said the toys will be given throughout the year to overnight pediatric patients to help ease their fears and make them more comfortable during their stay at Conway Regional.

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