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Santas Toy Run set for Nov. 22
Event to help needy children enjoy Christmas
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In this file photo, Southern Thunder Cruisers past president Curtis Gay plays the role of eight tiny reindeer while towing Santa through downtown Statesboro during the motorcycle club's annual " Santa's Toy Run." The event is set for Nov. 22 this year. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

Motorcyclists from Statesboro and surrounding areas will come together Nov. 22 for the 12th consecutive year to help Santa Claus fill his bag with toys for children who might not otherwise find much under their Christmas trees.

The Southern Thunder Cruisers, along with Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson and the sheriff’s office, are teaming up to sponsor the 2014 Santa’s Toy Run.

With the popularity of Santa’s Toy Run growing every year, a few changes have been made to enhance the safety and enjoyment of the event.

This year, the meeting place is Ogeechee Technical College, halfway between Statesboro and Interstate 16 on U.S. Highway 301 South, for sign-in and staging. This will provide more room for parking and maneuvering motorcycles.

Sign-in will begin at 10 a.m., and the Christian Motorcyclists Association will be set up serving hot coffee for the riders.

The ride will begin at 11:30 a.m., revealing the next change to returning participants — a new route.

The highlight of the scenic police-escorted ride through Bulloch County will be at Veterans Memorial Parkway and Highway 301 South, where the “Jolly Old Elf,” in his motorcycle-drawn sleigh, will join in.

Santa has asked the motorcycle riders to escort him all the way up South Main Street, past the Bulloch County Courthouse on North Main Street, straight across U.S. Highway 80 and turning right on U.S. Highway 301 North. The ride will end at the Statesboro Flea Market and Paintball Center.

“We are wanting to see a lot of families with children cheering Santa on as we make our way through Statesboro,” the Southern Thunder Cruisers said in a news release. “Then you are welcomed to join us at the Statesboro Flea Market to visit with Santa.”

The motorcycle riders expect to pick up Santa up at the bypass and Highway 301 South between 12:05 and 12:15 p.m. The motorcycles with Santa in tow will arrive at the Statesboro Flea Market and Paintball Center somewhere between 12:30 and 12:40 p.m.

Motorcycle riders are asked to bring a new $10 unwrapped toy or money donation for each participant. After Santa is delivered, all participants will receive lunch, a chance to win door prizes, and the satisfaction of knowing they helped give a needy child a Merry Christmas.

All of the money and toys collected will be donated to the Division of Family and Children Services.

 

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