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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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Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
May 19, 2013 18:44 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.