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Santa’s Toy Run set for Saturday
Registration at 10 a.m. at OTC
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Curtis Gay, front, substitutes horsepower for reindeer while giving Jolly Old St. Nick a lift through downtown Statesboro during the 15th annual Santa's Toy Run in 2017. Santa was escorted by 164 motorcycles and the Bulloch County Sheriff's department through the city and county before arriving at the Harville House. Over 220 total participants gave a $10 toy or donation to benefit area residents in need over the holidays. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

WHAT: 16th Annual Santa's Toy Run
WHEN: Registration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, riders leave at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Ogeechee Technical College
MORE INFO: Contact Curtis Gay at 912-687-1877 or at boro.biker@hotmail.com

Motorcycle riders from Statesboro and surrounding areas are invited to participate in the 16th Annual Santa’s Toy Run, hosted by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Dirt Floor Cycles and the Harville House Barn.

The effort benefits the Bulloch County Department of Children Services by helping provide toys for children who may not otherwise receive anything for Christmas, said long time organizer Curtis Gay.

“We would love to see people lining the streets, cheering and waving to Santa as we pass.”

Participants will register at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ogeechee Technical College, 1 Joe Kennedy Boulevard, off Hwy. 301 South “halfway between Interstate 16 and Statesboro, he said.

Members of the Christian Motorcyclists Redeemer Riders will be serving hot coffee and doughnuts to participants, he said.

Riders in the Santa’s Toy Run are asked to bring a “$10 unwrapped toy or a monetary donation.” The riders will leave OTC at 11:30 a.m., traveling along a scenic route to downtown Statesboro, where they will meet Santa in a motorcycle-drawn sleigh.  After a short visit with Santa, the riders will escort him to the Harville House Barn at 1850 Harville Road, Gay said.

Participants will enjoy free lunch and door prizes.

Also, riders are asked to consider donations of cleaning supplies to help victims of the Southwestern Georgia hurricane damage.

Bulloch County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Durden will be delivering the supplies to Colquitt County the week of Thanksgiving, he said.

For more information, contact Gay at 912-687-1877 or by email at boro.biker@hotmail.com