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Toy run raises gifts for needy kids

SEBRING - For the 28th year in a row, motorcyclists will participate in an event this year to help children from needy families. Organizers of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education's Inerstate chapter's 28th Toy Run hope to help 100 children, said Tina Bennett, an organizer. Last year they helped 90 children and 32 families. About 150 to 250 bikers will participate in the run on Dec. 7 that will begin at the Blue Crab Restaurant, 825 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, at 1 p.m. and end at the Elks Lodge, 2618 Kenilworth Blvd. All participants in the run donate a toy.
The bikers will leave Sebring, go to Avon Park, travel to Lake Placid and then return to Sebring, Bennett said. Some people with cars also participate. When the bikers and drivers return to Sebring, the chapter will have a complete turkey dinner, a 50-50 raffle and an auction. Bennett said that part of the event is open to everyone and will cost $10. Attendees who don't participate in the toy run are encouraged to bring toys. People also will be able to donate toys in 51 bright red boxes, which will be distributed throughout the county, Bennett said. Locations include many restaurants, the bowling alleys in Sebring and Lake Placid and hair salons, as well as the Blue Crab and the Elks Lodge. Besides toys, they buy bicycles for children and help families with food, and with some other basic items, such as diapers. Money raised is divided equally among each child and the money is spent to provide those needs. She said they receive information about families from churches and schools, as well as other sources. They will also provide toys to children at the Children's Advocacy Center. Anyone needing more information can call Bennett at (863) 381-9516