RED SPRINGS — This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Red Springs Toy Run and it is looking like the largest ever with 200 bikes expected to run, supporting more than 500 families in having a happy holiday season.
Billed as the largest bike ride in Southeastern North Carolina, the Red Springs Toy Run will return on Nov. 11 for the three-county cruise intended to put smiles on the faces of children.
The ride this year will begin at the Red Springs Fire Department. Riders can begin gathering at 9 a.m. and the ride will depart about 10:30 a.m. and travel through Pembroke, over to Laurinburg, through Raeford and back to Red Springs.
The event was established to collect Christmas presents for needy children across Robeson County. The fee for joining the ride is one unwrapped toy or a cash donation. The idea for this event came from Bob Hollingsworth and Tommy Lewis; they faithfully guided and built this event into one of the largest toy runs in Southeast North Carolina.
Volunteers will provide lunch to the riders upon their return.
The Red Springs Rotary Club will be the sponsor for the event and the Rotary Club will use many of the donated items for Santa’s Helping Hand in Red Springs. Other toys collected will be distributed to agencies in surrounding communities to help support families where they live.
Riders and volunteers are needed.
If you would like to make a donation, mail it to: The Red Springs Rotary Club P.O. Box 8, Red Springs, N.C., 28377. If you would like to drop off a toy, you can do that on the day of the ride at Red Springs Fire Department. For more information, call 910-827-1176.