Motorcycles will once again be taking to the streets for a tour of the county, all while raising money and items for the Salvation Army as part of the A.B.A.T.E. Butler County Toy Run.
The 21st Toy Run will be held Oct. 5.
The event got its start in an effort to help the El Dorado Police Department with the El Dorado Christmas Families Project.Then from 1997 to 2002, the event was organized by the police department with support of a police motorcycle organization, The Blue Knights International Kansas Chapter V. In 2002, A.B.A.T.E. began hosting the event with the support of the Butler County Sheriff's office, local police departments, businesses and communities.
This year's toy run will leave the Community Building in El Dorado at 11 a.m., with riders gathering at 10 a.m. From El Dorado, they will travel to Augusta, Douglass, Rose Hill, Andover, Benton and back to El Dorado, where lunch will be served and door prizes will be given away. The cost to take part in the run is a new unwrapped toy.
A.B.A.T.E. works with the Salvation Army and other organizations to provide toys and food for underprivileged children at Christmas time. They raise money through sponsorships of the event, as well as donations of money, food and toys.
In addition to the run, they will hold a toy and food drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Walmart.
Last year, the Salvation Army provided gifts for more than 2,000 children in the county. Through donations, they also provided the foster care children, as well as the teenagers in the county, with Christmas gifts.
All of the proceeds raised will stay in Butler County.
For more information, contact Mick or Teri Jimenez at 320-0333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.