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Christmas in July brings Santa and company to Broad Street

Motorcyclists bring thousands of toys for patients

Christmas in July brings Santa and company to Broad Street

That’s right...Santa is coming to town on his motorcycle and bringing 500 of his closest friends with him for the 23rd Annual Christmas in July Toy Run on Sunday, July 28, arriving at 11:30 a.m.

The Philadelphia chapter of the Centurions, a police-sponsored motorcycle club, has roared into Shriners Hospitals for Children every year since 1996, bearing gifts and cheer, led by none other than Santa himself. The run leaves the police academy, 8501 State Road, at 11 a.m., and the group anticipates arriving at Shriners Hospitals for Children between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Shriners Hospitals for Children is located at 3551 N. Broad Street and Venango. Officers from the elite Highway Patrol Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department escort the convoy down Broad Street, and arrive safely at the hospital, where patients wait with excitement.

Patients and their families are welcome to attend our Christmas in July celebrations at the hospital. Get a photo taken with Santa, grab some snacks and kick your Sunday off with a bang. We recommend arriving to the hospital by 11 a.m. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Stephanie Byrwa at 215-430-4178 or via email.

Several bike clubs participate and all bike enthusiasts are encouraged to ride and join in. Sign-ups are at the police academy from 8 until 10 a.m., $25 per person or $40 per couple. If you participate in the ride, please bring a new, unwrapped toy. Sorry, we cannot accept stuffed animals. Breakfast will be sizzling with omelets, home fries, coffee and pastries.

In addition to the toy donations, monetary donations have been part of the Centurions Motor Cycle Club, Philadelphia Chapter Annual Christmas in July Toy Run. To date the group has collectively raised more than $425,330. A permanent plaque is on the hospital donor wall honoring their contribution.

After the run, join the Centurions for barbecue and live entertainment at the Ukrainian Club, 847 North Franklin Street. For more information, call Bill at 215-768-0642.

Motorcycle parked in front of hospital