AMHERST – They’ll be getting their motorcycle motors running and getting out on the highway over to Sackville for the 24th Annual Toys for Tots motorcycle run.
“The motorcyclists will meet over in Sackville at the McDonald’s Esso and reach cyclist is asked to bring a new toy or donation,” said Bruce Sears who has been involved with the run for many years. “Then, at 2 p.m., we leave there and go on our parade route. We come back to Sackville and we end up at the Curling Club. There, we’ll give out door prizes and some awards for the long distance rider, the oldest and youngest riders and oldest bike.”
All the toys and donations collected through the run will be donated to five areas: Port Elgin, Moncton, Sackville, Dorchester and Amherst (Christmas for Kids).
“All kids deserve a good Christmas and if, for some reason, they are not able to then it’s nice to be able to help the ones that do need it,” said Sears. “We feel fortunate that we are able to help out.”
Sears said a lot of the people who come out to the run see people they haven’t seen all year long.
“A lot of times, you see these people at the toy run and that’s it. I know there are a few different people I look forward to see every year and that’s where I see them, at this toy run.”
Mike Purdy, the founder of the run, said they will have the run rain or shine.
“We’ve had as many as 850 motorcyclist show up and as few as 17. It’s whoever shows up,” he said. “We’re going to ride it out rain or shine and the hardcore fundraisers will be out whether it’s raining or not.”
All motorcyclists are invited to show up to the run, no registration required. There will be a van set up at the beginning of the run (at the McDonald’s Esso), where cash donations and toys will be accepted. They will be handing out tax-deductible receipts. To make any donations prior to the event, contact Mike Purdy at (506) 536-7006. The run is set to take place Sept. 8.