PRESS PHOTO BY DANA GRUBBOver 600 bikers arrive at the St. Luke’s Fountain Hill main campus Nov. 3 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.
Volunteer Eric Gubich arrives with his two-year-old son Parker to welcome participants of Tucker’s Toy Run.
Mrs. Claus (Sarah Derr) and one of Santa’s elves (Thomas Derr) assist motorcyclists with delivering the over 1,000 toys being donated for children who are patients at St. Luke’s.
R.J Boandl, Nancy Smith, Brian Smith and Jennifer Boandl supported Tucker’s Toy Run. Nancy Smith says, “This is the kind of stuff we do to give back.”
“We do the best we can,” says event organizer Rick Nauman alongside St. Luke’s Patient Care Manager Patricia Gubich. Gubich said the toy donations are distributed to the ten St. Luke’s campuses for to be handed out in emergency rooms, kids’ clinics and pediatric wards.
Wearing a festive Santa hat, Emmaus 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 mill around the hospital’s parking lot as they enjoy refreshments provided by St. Luke’s employees and volunteers.
Christina Snyder from Orefield delivers a stack of toys. “We do it every year,” said Snyder.
Representing Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson, Chris Gehm and Robyn Cochran helped deliver toys that Cochran said are collected year-round.
Members of the Leatherneck Nation’s Belleau Wood Chapter supported 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. More photos on page A2.
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,” said Gubich to event organizer Rick Nauman. “This is so close to our hearts,” said Nauman. Tucker’s Toy Ride begins at the Tr-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.