About 600 motorcyclists arrived in Bridgeport
Sunday afternoon with teddy bears, dolls and other toys strapped to
their bikes to donate to the Wise County Toy Run.
event’s fourth year, the Toy Run raised an estimated $25,000 from
donations, auctions, food concessions, biker registration and
T-shirt and raffle ticket sales, said organizer Phillip Pierce. And
although there is not an exact count on the number of donated toys,
bags filled an 8-foot-by-24-foot trailer.
Both the toys and
the money will benefit many Wise County charities, including Spirit
of Christmas, Head Start, Wise Area Relief Mission and Court
Appointed Special Advocates.
Next week, Toy Run organizers
will visit area banks to gather up angels who have not yet been
adopted, Pierce said. They will also contact elementary schools in
the county to provide a special Christmas gift to children who may
not have registered as angels.
Organizer Butch Garrett said
the Toy Run not only benefits children, but it also helps anyone in
Wise County who needs help around the holidays.
of house fires to families who may be having a hard time making ends
meet, Garrett said the Toy Run will help anyone who needs