Bikers are needed for the 20th annual South County Toy Run on Sunday.
The riders will meet at 9 a.m. at the Pizza Palace in Tri City, where there will be coffee, donuts and hot chocolate, according to organizer Keith Burton.
Burton will have a truck ready to be filled with donated toys in exchange for food tickets, which also act as tickets to claim door prizes. The run will leave at 11 a.m.
“All of the toys that we give to the fire department are split between Myrtle Creek, Canyonville, Milo, Glendale, and all the South County fire departments,” Burton said. “We ask that if there’s anything left, they give them back to us so we can give them to someone else. I just want to make sure every toy is gone.”
The run will follow Santa Claus through Riddle to Canyonville and back to end up at the Myrtle Creek Fire Department, where participants will receive an all-you-can-eat meal.
Burton said he and his family used to help with a run in Roseburg, but when they found out the toys being collected were not going to South County they decided to start a new run to make sure all kids got something for Christmas.
That was 20 years ago, and the run has collected more than 6,600 gifts in a single year.
“We’re hoping, because this is the 20th year, it’s going to be outrageous,” Burton said.
Riders can also donate $10 and Burton will use it to buy gifts for kids generally overlooked, specifically teenagers and newborns.
“Nobody ever thinks of newborns or teens,” Burton said. “It would be terrible for some kid who is 13 to 16 years old and still living with their parents and their younger siblings are getting stuff and the poor kid is getting nothing.”
Burton and his family are wrapping up the final details for the run. Any further questions can be directed to Keith Burton at 541-580-7875, or Colleen Burton at 541-863-4087.