Hawkins Toy Run raises money for Christmas for the Children

Jeff Bobo • Sep 14, 2018 at 5:45 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The big boys are being asked to get out their two-wheel toys for a good cause Saturday, Sept. 22 in the 18th annual motorcycle Toy Run to benefit Of One Accord ministry’s Christmas for the Children program.

Christmas for the Children provides toys and other presents to more than 1,000 disadvantaged youngsters every year.

Although about 750 of those children are “adopted” by churches, civic organizations and other groups, the other 250 are covered by Of One Accord, mainly with funds raised during the annual Toy Run.

The Toy Run route

Bikers will meet at noon at the Big Lots parking lot on Park Boulevard in Rogersville and depart for Church Hill via Highway 11-W around 12:15 p.m.

Around 12:45 p.m., the Rogersville convoy will link with more riders in Church Hill at the Homestead Antiques parking lot in the Church Hill Shopping Center.

The combined group will then depart for Rogersville at 1 p.m., taking the scenic Goshen Valley Road route to Burem Road, and then back into Rogersville, where they will rally at the Rogersville City Park shortly before 2 p.m.

Lunch will be waiting for the riders when they arrive at the park, along with a classic car cruise-in and a live band. Door prize drawings start at 2:45 p.m.

What’s it cost to ride along?

A contribution of $10 per rider and passenger is requested for the Toy Run.

Registration and set up for the cruise-in at the park begin at 12:30 p.m., and a $10 contribution per car is also requested.

Toy Run riders and cruise-in participants can also bring a new, unwrapped toy instead of the $10 contribution.

Calling all bikers for a good cause

At the height of its popularity, the Toy Run attracted more than 500 riders.

When a local motorcycle club that had adopted the Toy Run as a pet project disbanded, the numbers dwindled, and in recent years, depending on the weather, the number of riders has hovered around 100.

But with the popularity of the downtown Rogersville Bike Nite on Aug. 25, Of One Accord Director Sheldon Livesay is hoping some of that success will spill over into the Toy Run.

Organizers reported about 400 motorcycles lining Main Street for Bike Nite.

“If we could attract half that number to the Toy Run, our Christmas for the Children program would almost be covered for the year,” Livesay told the Times News Thursday. “Our shoppers do a good job, and they definitely get the best bang for their buck when they Christmas shop for the kids. We still average around $100 per child, so if we’re taking care of 250 children, you can do the math. It’s about $25,000.”

For more information or to make a contribution, call (423) 921-8044.