PRESS PHOTOs BY DANA GRUBBOver 600 bikers arrive at the St. Luke’s Fountain Hill main campus recently to deliver toys collected in Tucker Stuart’s memory. They had started out at the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton about 40 minutes before. See additional photos on Page A16.
Volunteer Eric Gubich arrives with his son Parker to welcome participants of Tucker’s Toy Run.
Mrs. Claus, assisted by Sarah Derr and one of Santa’s elves, assisted by Thomas Derr, help motorcyclists with delivering the over 1,000 toys being donated for children who are patients at St. Luke’s.
PRESS PHOTO BY DANA GRUBBR.J. Boandl, Nancy Smith, Brian Smith and Jennifer Boandl support Tucker’s Toy Run. “This is the kind of stuff we do to give back,” Nancy Smith said.
“We do the best we can,” event organizer Rick Nauman tells supporters, alongside St. Luke’s Patient Care Manager Patricia Gubich. Gubich said the toy donations are distributed to the 10 St. Luke’s campuses to be handed out in emergency rooms, kids’ clinics and pediatric wards.
Wearing a festive Santa hat, Salisbury Township resident Nancy Smith delivers coloring books for children.
This patriotic themed Mack truck delivers many of the toys as part of Tucker’s Toy Run.
Bikers gather in the hospital’s parking lot as they enjoy refreshments provided by St. Luke’s employees and volunteers.
Christina Snyder, of Orefield, delivers a stack of toys. “We do it every year,” Snyder said.
Representing Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson, Chris Gehm and Robyn Cochran help deliver toys that Cochran said are collected year-round.
Members of the Leatherneck Nation’s Belleau Wood Chapter support Tucker’s Toy Ride by riding and contributing toys. These self-described “inactive” Marines served at stations all over the world when they were on active duty.
Over 600 bikers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond enjoyed a ride to the St. Luke’s Fountain Hill campus for the eighth annual Tucker’s Toy Ride on a breezy, sunny November day.
Delivering well over 1,000 toys, which are collected throughout the year, the event is run through the Lehigh Valley Community Benefit and it remembers Tucker Stuart, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2011.
St. Luke’s patient care manager Pat Gubich said the donated toys are distributed to the 10 St. Luke’s campuses, where they are given to children who visit clinics, emergency rooms or spend time in the pediatric wards.
“I can’t tell you the number of smiles you put on patients’ faces,” Gubich said to event organizer Rick Nauman.
“This is so close to our hearts,” Nauman said.
Tucker’s Toy Ride begins at the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton and winds its way to Bethlehem, with public safety escorts in each community. Hospital employees and volunteers serve refreshments to the bikers and riders upon their arrival, as they line up to place donated toys into hospital cribs and buggies.