CRESTVIEW —The FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview invites area motorcycle enthusiasts to participate Sunday in the 15th Annual Toys For Kids Motorcycle Run.
Motorcyclists will meet at the Crestview Wal-Mart parking lot, where they can go inside and purchase an unwrapped toy.
Shortly after registration, participants will leave for a scenic route of Crestview, ending at the Crestview Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5450 on James Lee Boulevard.
VFW members will provide lunch to participants, who can win raffle prizes donated from local businesses.
FamiliesFirst works with the Department of Children and Families to assist with the foster care system.
Many of the donations assist foster parents who struggle to provide a Christmas for children in their care, Mary Culbertson, a family services counselor, said.
"This takes the burden off them; it allows them to worry about taking care of the other necessities," she said.
There is one goal for the event: “make sure (foster children) have a great Christmas," organizer Ken Payne said.
Funds raised from the raffle go toward the purchase of items not donated. Last year's raffle raised more than $5,000, Culbertson said.
''We could not pull this off without the community's sponsorship," she said.
WANT TO G0?
WHAT: The FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview’s 15th Annual Toys For Kids Motorcycle Run
WHEN: Registration is 9:30-11 a.m. Sunday
WHERE: The motorcycle run begins at the Crestview Wal-Mart parking lot, 3351 S. Ferdon Blvd. The run will finish at the Crestview VFW Post 5450, 2240 W. James Lee Blvd.
COST: $10 donation and a new unwrapped toy
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