By: Bill Gallaway
Sunday, December 4 was the date for the 31st Annual Toy Run to help provide a toy at Christmas for an underprivileged child. The ride started at Julia’s “The Bar” for some who chowed down on a hearty hot breakfast as they have since they opened many years ago. I know, as I joined back in 2004. Others started arriving around noon at the Greenville Shrine Club and went into the lounge to warm up and dry off while meeting with other members and friends. Others met outside and listened to a speech by ABATE Members and the legendary Pete Hill, Greenville’s very own motorcycle drag racer. Others continued to pour in literally until it was KSU at 2pm.
The number of riders was considerably fewer this year and many rode in cages due to the rain, but many still braved the cold rain to help Santa with toys for the kids. The 8-mile ride from the Shrine Club to the County Square was cold and wet. Traffic was controlled by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department that did a fine job as they have in previous years with many more riders.
Upon arrival at County Square riders unloaded their presents into Santa’s box truck and helped themselves to hot coffee and hot chocolate, while ABATE Officers presented the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office with awards for assisting us over the years.
If you missed the ride, make plans now for next year as it is always the first Sunday in December. Many Thanks to everyone that made this a success and may you have a Merry Christmas.