Spirit of the Season

2017

Goldsboro News-Argus - Spirit of the Season

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By Rochelle Moore rmoore@newsargus.com Led by Santa Claus in a brightly colored sleigh, hundreds of motorcycle riders took to the streets of Golds- boro for the 29th annu- al Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run. Bikers from Wayne and other surrounding counties filled the Berkeley Mall parking lot Nov. 19 as Christ- mas toys were collect- ed and donations given to help area children. Each year, thousands of dollars are donated to the charity effort, said Gaby Blalock, event organizer. "People come togeth- er to ride for the toy run," Blalock said. "All proceeds and toys go to Wayne Coun- ty children. We want a child in Wayne County to wake up to a toy, not an empty Christmas tree. "We have big hearts." The turnout this year was larger than normal, partly because of warmer tempera- tures, drawing close to 300 bikers from the county, Lenoir County, Kinston and Jack- sonville, Blalock said. "The weather's great this year, so we've done well," Blalock said. "We've just been around for a long time. "It takes an army." Several of the motor- cycles had children's toys — a Tickle Me Elmo and a Wilson football — strapped to the back seat before they were donated to the cause. Each biker on the toy run donated at least one new toy or gave a cash donation. One biker pulled out $40 to help the effort. Two trucks were filled with toys. Toy run donations will go to children served by the Wayne Uplift Domestic Vio- lence Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County. Roger Dillard, a Wayne County resi- dent, participates in the toy run every year. As a father, he understands how important it is for chil- dren to have gifts under the Christmas tree. "Any benefit ride I can get to, I ride," Dil- lard said. "You've got a lot of less fortunate and it helps everybody all around. "Times are real tough right now job wise, and every time you turn around, everything gets more expensive." 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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! from Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours 919-778-3411 CLASSIFIEDS NC License #27750 of a turkey (if the Salva- tion Army gets some donated), vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and other items. If there is not food donated, the Salvation Army pulls items from its food panty. The Sal- vation Army also took donations of wrapping paper, scissors and tape so the applicants can wrap the presents themselves. "If we have families who have already come to us for help, they may find it difficult to pur- chase wrapping paper and things of that nature," Stokes said. She said if someone didn't have time to take a tag off one of the trees and go shopping, he or she could buy some toys to donate or even make a monetary donation. "We want to make a change in this commu- nity," Stokes said. "We want to help each other." Continued from 7 Salvation Army News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO Caroline Stovall rings the bell for the Salvation Army at Berkeley Mall. It was Stovall's first day vol- unteering to help with the red kettle fundraising campaign. The red kettle campaign helps the Salva- tion Army provide toys, clothes and food to local needy families for the Christmas season for its Angel tree program, with Angel trees throughout Wayne County. News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO Dressed as Santa, Danny Scott waves from his sleigh as motorcycle rid- ers take off for their ride at Berkeley Mall Sunday during the 29th annual Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run. Bikers collect toys for local groups for Christmas ■ Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run is in its 29th year. Toys are given to Wayne Uplift Domestic Violence Program and Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County. See TOY RIDE, Page 10 'All proceeds and toys go to Wayne County children. We want a child in Wayne County to wake up to a toy, not an empty Christmas tree. We have big hearts.' GABY BLALOCK on why the motorcycle riders have done the toy ride for the past 29 years in Wayne County.

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