Santa's sleigh is nothing compared to this group of very large trucks.
A convoy of about 70 vehicles - most of them 4x4 trucks, and many of them decked out in Christmas lights and ornaments - rode from Guilford Town Centre to Bear Creek Park this Sunday for the Sasquatch Four Wheel Drive Club's annual Toy Run, to collect donations for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
The four-wheelers - a Surrey-based club of 4x4 and camping enthusiasts - raised 322 toys, 166 non-perishable food items, $600 in cash and $170 in gift certificates, along with several bags of used clothing.
"There were some very generous gifts, as far as the toys for kids," said Toy Run organizer Laura Harvey. "You know the Tonka trucks are certainly well received by young boys."
The North Surrey Lions donated another $450 from the proceeds for the pancake breakfast held for the four-wheelers troop at Bear Creek. While most of the toys will be given to children in need, Harvey said the cash and gift card donations will also help provide gifts for teens in need.
Club members meet once a month, and hold several camping trips per year. The club has been organizing the Toy Run for about 20 years, after taking it over from the Four Wheel Drive Association of B.C.'s Lower Mainland branch. Since then, they've become one of the most consistent and dependable annual contributors to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
"It was very important to our club. As we were growing up, at some point, there wasn't a lot in the house, right?" Harvey said.
"The club decided that it was a very worthwhile venture, and it's something that really keeps you together because you have one common thing that you work on every year."