Nov 24, 2013

Road Hoggs and BBBS plan annual toy collection

GREENVILLE – For the past 30 years the Road Hogg Motorcycle Club has been helping collect toys for the local distribution. The club will once again be helping Big Brothers Big Sisters with the Toys for Tikes program again this year. All of the toys collected for Toys for Tikes stay in Darke County. This is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke Counties (BBBS) second year to administer the program.

With a few days remaining until the deadline to register Jennifer Bruns, executive director of BBBS, reported 30 children had already been signed up. This exceeds the number of children served by the program last year. The deadline to register is Nov. 25.

The Road Hoggs and BBBS Toys for Tikes toy drive will take place on Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Circle in downtown Greenville. Club members will collect toys, gift cards, and cash donations. New and gently used toys will be accepted. The cash donations will be used to purchase food for families in need. The club will be on the Circle rain or shine.

John Vanata, of the Road Hoggs, said the club nearly stopped doing the toy drive when a national toy collection program came to town. When they learned BBBS was taking over the local collection they were happy to continue the tradition they began in the 1980s. He admits the people were a little worried about dropping off donations with the club the first few years, but as the years progressed they came to expect the bikers to be on the Circle the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Persons interested in applying for toys for their children should call 547-9622. The number of selected families will be determined by the amount of toys collected. Selected families will be notified Dec. 3 with a scheduled pick up date on Dec. 8 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the old Mercer Savings Bank on Broadway in Greenville.

While there are not other collection dates or sites, persons can contact BBBS to make other arrangements. Call the number listed above for more information.

George Kenworthy, Road Hoggs; Jennifer Bruns, BBBS; John Vanata and Mary Vanata, Road Hoggs, join Mayor Mike Bowers for a proclamation recognizing the annual toy collection on the Circle on Dec. 1. (Ryan Berry photo)


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