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Parkland Toy Run set for Saturday

An annual effort in the region to provide support for the less fortunate during the holiday season will be marking 25 years of serving the area.

The Parkland Toy Run is scheduled for Saturday and will have bikers and motorists continuing the tradition of coming together to deliver donations for local children and food pantries.

While the event is a community effort, local Christian Motorcycle Association Chapter President Charlie Usher said his organization has become highly involved in the event over the years.

Because of the Veterans Parade being held in downtown Farmington on the same day, Usher said the time for the Toy Run has been adjusted this year. Riders will begin meeting at Qdoba in Farmington about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and will depart at 12:30 p.m..

“We’ll be collecting toys at Qdoba in Farmington,” Usher said. “Everybody will bring toys and canned goods, then after our parade we’ll meet back at the Desloge VFW.”

The toys will be delivered to the St. Francois County Community Partnership for dispersal to children in need, while the food donations will be delivered to area food pantries. The Toy Run route will take the riders through Park Hills, Desloge, Bonne Terre and back to Desloge.

Thousands of children and members of the community have benefited from the annual Toy Run during the holiday season for the past 25 years.

To take part in the Toy Run route, participants need only assemble at Qdoba’s parking lot that morning. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will also be accepted at that time.

While the event is largely supported by motorcyclists, participants are welcome to drive larger vehicles in the Toy Run route, which has seen as many as 200 participants in the past.

For more information about the local chapter of CMA, visit cmascr4.org/MO/parklandcycleservants. For more information about the St. Francois Community Partnership, visit www.sfccp.org.

Riders in the Parkland Toy Run meet at Qdoba for last year's event. Riders will meet in the same location this year for the 25th Annual Parkland Toy Run.

Riders in the Parkland Toy Run meet at Qdoba for last year’s event. Riders will meet in the same location this year for the 25th Annual Parkland Toy Run.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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