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Santas Toy Run set for Saturday
Southern Thunder Cruisers hosting event's 15th year
Greg Dimeo of Statesboro, front, dresses for the occasion as he and about 160 area motorcycle enthusiasts on 107 bikes made their way down Union Church Road during the 14th Annual Santa's Toy Run in 2016. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

Santa Claus will roll into Statesboro via motorcycle once again as the Southern Thunder Cruisers bring him along for the ride Saturday during the annual Santa’s Toy Run toy drive.

This is the 15th year of the event, and motorcycle riders from all over are encouraged to join in a countryside cruise around Bulloch County, ending in downtown Statesboro, said Curtis Gay, event organizer and member of the Redeemed Riders, Statesboro’s chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association.

Riders are asked to bring along a new unwrapped toy (or monetary donation) to help families whose children might not otherwise get any toys for Christmas due to financial limits, he said.

The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office will escort riders Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m., leaving from Ogeechee Technical College. Sign-in begins at 10 a.m., in the OTC parking lot at 1 Joseph E. Kennedy Boulevard.

The Redeemed Riders, will serve hot coffee and doughnuts to early arrivals.

“When we arrive in downtown Statesboro, that ‘Jolly Old Elf’ will be waiting in his motorcycle drawn sleigh to have a parade of motorcycles escort him from the courthouse, out Fair Road to Harville Road, and ending at Dirt Floor Cycles,” Gay said. “When Santa is delivered to the excited children waiting in front of the venue, the riders will be treated to a free lunch and some wonderful door prizes.”

Again, “All we ask the riders to do is bring a new $10 toy or money donation, for each participant. So put the date on your calendar and help some deserving child to have a very Merry Christmas,” he said.


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