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Toy run stages successful ride

THE 30TH Road Runners Toy Run brought in lots of toys and cash donations for needy children this Christmas.

THE 30TH Road Runners Toy Run brought in lots of toys and cash donations for needy children this Christmas.

Seventy-six riders rode in what is the bike club’s last toy run.

“Everybody brought lots of toys. The kids will do really well,” said Stan McKay, one of the run’s organizers. He  adding that no child in need will go without Christmas this year.

Terrace Salvation Army Captain Rosa Moulton said it received about 206 toys and $1,040 in donations as of Oct. 3.

Money raised at Mount Layton Hotsprings, a stopping point for the toy run which begins in Kitimat, formed part of the donations.

And it hasn’t wound down yet as donations will keep coming in for a couple more weeks, said Jim Braid, also a longtime toy run organizer.

A 50/50 draw held at the Northern Motor Inn every Saturday resulted in another $2,046.50 being raised.

It will be sent to Mills Memorial Hospital and used for pediatrics medical care, said Gail Munson from the Northern Motor Inn.

Although the Road Runners, which is down to just a few members, may no longer stage the ride, it will continue, said Braid. The toy run will continue as the club has some people in mind to take over.

“We’re just looking and seeing who wants to bite at it,” said Braid.

To commemorate the event, every rider received a 30th toy run scarf with the Road Runners logo on it, said Braid.

This year the toy run received some help from the Second Terrace Scouts which collected toys and donations.

“We just want to do our part for the community,” said Scout leader Michale Tetreau.

She said Scouts will ask the community for help and donations so that it is only natural they reciprocate when they can.

Scouts will be helping out next year, Tetreau added.