Saturday's 'Toy Run' to benefit Hawkins County's Christmas for the Children program included 117 motorcycles and 180 riders, and raised $1,900. (photos courtesy of Sheldon Livesay)
ROGERSVILLE — Area bikers raised $1,900 Saturday in the 12th annual “Toy Run” across Hawkins County to benefit the Of One Accord ministry’s Christmas for the Children program.
Participation and fundraising was up slightly this year from 2012, with 117 motorcycles rumbling across the county carrying 180 riders. The ride included a run from Rogersville to Church Hill, and then back to Rogersville via scenic Goshen Valley and other back roads.
There were also 22 classic cars in the cruise-in party that took place at the Rogersville City Park after the ride.
Last year Christmas for the Children provided Christmas presents and parties for 1,036 Hawkins County children, and provided 1,501 food boxes to Hawkins County families which contained the fixings for a traditional holiday meal.
In past years the Toy Run event has raised as much as $5,000, but after a high water mark year in 2011 participation fell off when the motorcycle club which founded the Toy Run disbanded.
Of One Accord director Sheldon Livesay said Saturday’s Toy Run fundraiser was a good start, but there’s still a long way to go to pull off Christmas for the Children 2013.
“We got up to the week before Christmas last year and we were $20,000 in the hole and still had 80 children on the waiting list,” Livesay said. “It takes quite a bit to pull this off every year, but the Toy Run gets us started and we have to hope that the donations will keep coming in.”
Despite late deficit last year, Livesay said the Lord provided and all children on the waiting list were served by the program.
Anyone who would like to contribute to this year’s Christmas for the Children program can drop it off in person at the Shepherd’s Center main office on Main Street in downtown Rogersville, or mail it to: Christmas For the Children, P.O. Box 207, Rogersville, TN 37857.