The Duncan Banner

November 19, 2012

Toy Rally gathers sleigh’s worth of loot

Rebeka Rutledge
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A pickup truck bed overloaded with toys was the result of the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets MC Chapter F’s annual Toy Rally benefiting the Comanche Toy Shop.

This was the seventh year for the event, which helps provide toys to children of families in need of a little help during the holidays. Spider, with the club, said the turnout this year was normal from what they’ve seen in the past.

“It went well and there was some great fellowship,” said Spider, co-organizer for the event. “The first time we had the Comanche rally, there were only about 15 people come and this year we had more than 100 people.”

Although the Vets club has been hosting a Duncan Toy Run for about 20 years, they added to the Comanche rally in order to help out the smaller community.

“For the rally, we go to the (Comanche Fellowship) building and meet, so there’s a difference between it and the Duncan run,” Spider said. “We appreciate Comanche because they give appreciation for veterans no matter what war they fought in.”

The club’s feelings about Duncan are the same because the residents here treat them with respect as well. This year’s Duncan Toy Run will take place Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Several veterans on motorcycles will follow a path across town to the Toy Shop.

“We’ll start up by the Carmike Theater, go down Hwy 81, turn onto Main St., then turn onto 9th St. and stop at the Toy Shop,” Spider said. “We always have good participation, Santa will be there and Freedom Biker Church helps us out a whole lot; I always make sure to thank them for their help.”

Those wishing to donate to the Toy Shop can drop off new or gently used toys or leave a cash donation at the building location, 111 9th St. Following the run, a social gathering at Freedom Biker Church featuring refreshments and a barbecue dinner will be held at the church location, 803 Walnut.