By Wally Wersching
On Sunday, November 20th, I went to the Chesnee Toy Run, and afterward I went to attend the Rutherford County Toy Run in Forest City, NC. I headed to Forest City to drive on Rte. 74A. It was a very pleasant trip. The weather was perfect with great scenery.
The toy run started near Spindale, NC in the old Kmart parking lot, and had a police escort through Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Forest City before stopping at the National Guard Armory. Former Moose Lodge members along with the Cleveland County Independent Bikers (CCIB) were responsible for the run to help area children have a pleasant Christmas.
I arrived a little before 2pm. I knew that they started the run at 1:30 so I’d catch them on the ride into the armory. I stood at the entrance to the armory parking lot, and waited for them to arrive. Before long, I heard the rumble of motorcycles, and the shrill sound of the police car’s sirens. They had arrived. I stood taking pictures, and noticed a lot of friends as they rode by.
After the bikes pulled into the armory lot, the bikers lined up to take their toys into the armory, and get free food. There was a long line that wound around before it went into the armory.
I met a few friends, and we talked for a while before I left a little before 3:00. It was a full afternoon of people giving to the children in need. We were all glad that the weather cooperated. The children will have a lot of toys this Christmas.