It's time once again for area businesses and bikers to take part in the ninth annual Toy Run, co-sponsored by Gary and Sue Updike.
This year, the ride is set to kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Church of the Nazarene, located on Highway 37 south in Monett.
Ken and Ginger Zielinski have planned the route, which will take riders from Purdy through McDowell, Butterfield and back to Monett. Officers with the Monett Police Department will once again block traffic for riders at the start of the trip.
Bud's Doughnuts of Mt. Vernon will supply pastries for riders before the run. Refreshments will also be served following the ride.
A drawing will also be held in conjunction with the Toy Ride. Featured items include a $100 certificate from Requa Tattoo in Nixa, a paint job for a motorcycle and a quilt.
Riders are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the church to benefit Linn Thornton's annual program of providing Christmas gifts to the children of the Barry and Lawrence Counties during the holiday season. Organizers will also accept gift cards and cash donations.
"Rain or shine, this is it," said Gary. "With the economy like it is, we expect this year, more than ever, that the need will be greater."
"We are hoping for beautiful weather and a good turnout," added Sue. "With the rain that we have had, we're hoping the foliage will be at its peak."
"We really appreciate the people riding and participating in this event," said Gary. "It's for a great cause."
Those wishing to donate to the toy run may call Gary or Sue at 417-236-3019 or 417-442-3177.