Jailbirds take over Texas Roadhouse

A participant for MDA's annual Lock-Up Fundraiser smiles for his mug shot.

At lunchtime Thursday, Amarillo's Texas Roadhouse was filled with folks trying to post bail to get out of jail. They were "put behind bars" at the restaurant as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual fundraiser, the MDA Lock-Up.

Participants were picked up by police and dropped off at the restaurant where they were booked and put behind bars. Each "jailbird" attempted to raise the $1,600 bail by calling on friends and family to donate.

Those donations go to fund research and send kids affected by the neuromuscular disease to MDA camp.

11-year-old Kaleb Kimbro of Shamrock is affected by the disease. He is this year's Texas Ambassador for the association and was at the restaurant talking to "jailbirds" about the importance of "posting bail." He's been to MDA camp a couple times and looks forward to going again.

"I'm here because they need to know what they're raising money for," Kaleb said. "Camp is a bunch of different kids like me. We go swimming and fishing and dancing and we watch movies. We do all kinds of activities we don't get to do normally."

Camp costs $800 for each child to attend. The "jailbirds" met their goal of $35,000 for this year's event.