Mickey's Holiday Toy Run marks 28 years in Bridgeport
Bikers from around the region took part in Mickey's 28th Annual Holiday Toy Run in Bridgeport on Sunday.
The annual tradition was started by John June, the owner of Mickey's Community Restaurant.
"It makes me feel great. You know, I couldn't feel any better. Especially being alive to do it," says June.
The run raises money for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots effort.
"A lot of work goes into this and we have a lot of help," says June.
The event brought more than 100 bikers together for a ride from Bridgeport to Bethel and back.
"Everybody talks bad about motorcycles, but you can't talk bad about these guys because these guys are the greatest going,” says June. "I like to be treated the right way and I treat everybody the best I can."
He says he is grateful to have hosted the event for 28 years, especially after an accident he was in three years ago.
“I'm thankful to be alive. I got hit with my motorcycle -- so every day is a gift," says June. "They thought I was dead. I flew over a car and woke up in the hospital."
June walked away with only bumps and bruises – his doctors said it was a miracle.
He says he can't wait for the comradery and community kindness of the next ride in 2024.