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Holiday toy run set to roll

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By Susan Sharp

With just a slight drop in  temperatures, the Caryville Civil War Council is gearing up for its annual toy run.

The toy run, conducted by the all volunteer group, benefits needy families during the holiday season.

This year marks the 11th run conducted by the CCWC in order to raise money for families in need of assistance at the holidays.

It is all about helping others, said Larry Collier a founding member of the CCWC.

“Each year the CCWC helps between 55-80 families with two large baskets of food. We also furnish toys and clothing for 100-130 children,” Collier said. “The need continues to grow each year and the only way we can do this is by having a great turnout for the toy run.”

This year’s ride is set for Oct 6. The starting point will be the parking lot of the Back Door Café’ behind the Food City Center.

At 11 a.m., the engines will roar and the good times will roll. “We put back 100 percent of everything that we raise,” Collier said emphasizing that more riders means more families can be helped.

While the ride is planned to be a fun event, there is a serious purpose behind it.

“This has become a tradition, raising money to help families and the elderly at Christmas,” Collier said. “We started just helping a few elderly people in Caryville but realized there was a bigger need.”

For those who want to take part in this year’s run, the cost is $10 per rider or a new unwrapped toy. Collier said all makes and models of bikes are welcomed.

“We need to have a large number of riders to turn out for this event,” he said.

Donations of new unwrapped toys and cash will also be accepted.

For more information, contact Collier at (865) 494-7641, 562-5742 or David Wormsely at 562-1777.