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December 3, 2013

Bikers make special delivery on Toy Run

DUNCAN — A roar of engines and a long line of metallic shine ridden by figures decked out in leather signal the Toy Run each year.

These sights and sounds were present for this year’s run on Sunday, which started at the Carmike Theater and ended at the Toy Shop location. Hundreds of bikers participate in the annual event, organized by the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club.

“There are a lot of local bikers from the community I can see here,” said Spider, who led the procession dressed as Santa Claus. “It’s a small token of what we can do for our community.”

On almost each motorcycle, there were toys for boys and girls from families in need of the Toy Shop’s help this year. As they made it through the Toy Shop building, toys were handed over to volunteers and many bikers made a monetary donation to the cause.

“They generally bring well over 500 toys each year,” said Lynn Samples, Toy Shop co-chair. “We get a lot of financial donations from them too. They are so generous.”

Toy Shop is a passion for several of those who participate in the run and not the least of those is Spider, whose mother has been a long-time volunteer for the organization. Spider is also one of the founding members of the Toy Run.

This year, he was able to pass his passion on by allowing his granddaughter Jacobi Coffey, 9, to ride along with him. Coffey has gone to the run every year since she was younger, but this was her first year to ride.

“She also helped pick out toys this year,” Spider said.

Participants in the Toy Run were blessed with nice weather Sunday as they traveled south on Hwy 81. This may have encouraged more bikers than normal.

“It seems like there are more than ever,” said Connie Roebuck, Toy Shop volunteer.

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