By: Bill Gallaway
Saturday, December 10th was the date for this 23rd Annual Toy Run put on by the Oconee A.B.A.T.E. and the VFW Post 6830 Ladies Auxiliary of Walhalla, SC, which helps underprivileged children receive a Christmas toy.
Area riders started arriving in the staging at noon for the ride and there were fewer bikes and more cars this year. The weather was cooler than rides in the past with temperatures in the 40’s. Weather forecasters were saying it’s the beginning of a Polar Vortex. At least the sun was shining on us and coffee and hot water for cocoa was available to warm your insides. One rider was so cold his leather chaps cracked and fell off. That’s cold!
The ride started at 1pm and departed from the Old Train Depot in Westminster, SC. We had a Police escort along the way to our destination in Tamassee, SC, which was the Daughters of the American Revolution School (DAR School). Many local churches collected toys and brought them in the cars and trucks that participated in the ride. Those on bikes had toys strapped to their bikes and sticking out of saddle bags. Upon arrival at DAR, we were greeted by Mr. Jason Eller, the Director, who gladly accepted the toys on Santa’s behalf.
At the school, the toys were unloaded from cars and bikes, the A.B.A.T.E. trailer, and the truck and trailer of the VFW Post 6830 Ladies Auxiliary. After delivery of the toys, some members returned to the VFW where soup was served.
Thanks go out to everyone involved in the 23rd annual event, the Oconee A.B.A.T.E. and the Auxiliary of the VFW Post 6830, Oconee County Sherriff’s Department, the Westminster Police Department and everyone else that helped make the toy run a success.