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A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon Spreads Holiday Joy to Shriners Children’s Portland

riders on motorcycles and onlookers

Excited onlookers welcome A.B.A.T.E. riders as they near the hospital.

For the 44th year, the A.B.A.T.E. Toy Run returned to Shriners Children's Portland to bring toys and holiday cheer to patients.

This month, hundreds of bikers from A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon, a local motorbike organization, rode across the Ross Island Bridge and up Marquam Hill to deliver toys for patients at Shriners Children's Portland. Nearly 1,500 toys were donated in this act of generosity.

Toy donations like these help stock shelves for the upcoming year to use for birthdays, Christmas, or just because a child needs a pick-me-up. Toys given to children while they are at the hospital offer comfort and distraction during their visit.

“We are incredibly grateful for A.B.A.T.E.'s commitment to provide our patients' toys every year," said Molly McCarthy, child life specialist at Shriners Children's Portland. "These toys and activities allow our patients to adjust comfortably during their time at Shriners Children’s Portland, while promoting their growth, development and emotional well-being.”

Patients are able to take a piece of their Shriners Children’s Portland stay home to reflect on positively, and moments like these are only possible with the help of kind-hearted donors such as A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon.

volunteers giving out hot chocolate

Shriners lent helping hands during the event, passing out hot chocolate and cookies to excited onlookers and A.B.A.T.E. bikers.

 This season, as you shop for gifts and consider who to donate to, we hope you'll consider the patients at Shriners Children's Portland.

Shriners Children's Portland is in need of toys for our teenage patients! Spread joy to our teen patients this holiday season by providing gifts from our Teen Wish List.

Ideas for giving:

  • Model car or plane kits with model paint and model glue (not always included)
    • Different levels; easy, difficult
    • Model cars/planes that snap are great too!
  • Diamond art
  • Paint by Numbers
  • Sticker by Numbers
  • Mosaic art kits
  • Friendship bracelet making kits
  • Origami kits
  • Knitting kits
  • Scratch art
  • Engineering activities or other STEM for teens
  • Circuit board activities
  • 3D puzzles
  • Tabletop pool/foosball/basketball
  • Scrapbooking kits
  • Adult coloring books
  • Word search/crossword puzzles
  • Jewelry making kits
  • Rock painting kits
  • Guided journals (BigLife Journal for Teens, Wreck This Journal)
  • Create-your-own-comic-book kit
  • Duct tape art
  • Makeup/nail polish/hair accessories
  • Sketch books with sketch pencils or colored pencils
  • Fidgets (stress balls, fidget cubes, poppers, variety of fidgets)
  • Brain teaser games (that can be played solo: Rush Hour, Rubix Cube, Bop-It, Simon)
  • Advanced remote control cars/drones
  • Advanced Lego sets (with instructions)
  • Colored pencils/gel pens/thin markers
  • Advanced puzzles (200-500 pieces)
  • Nerf basketball hoops/Nerf footballs
  • Advanced science and robotic kits
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Fleece blankets

To make a donation to Shriners Children's Portland, please call 971-282-4606 to schedule a donation drop-off time. Thank you for considering donating to Shriners Children's Portland!

staff member organizing toys

Shriners Children's Portland staff and volunteers organized toys as they made their way down the toy chute.

2023 A.B.A.T.E. Toy Run

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[Music: Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee]

Speaker 1: (singing).

Speaker 2: [inaudible 00:00:03]

Speaker 3: (laughs)

Speaker 2: Good to meet you.

Speaker 4: Nice to meet you too. Look, man. All for you. All for you. Yep.

Speaker 1: (singing)

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