Motorcycle Run: Giving with Style

A special motorcycle run sponsored by American Bikers Aimed Toward Education this Sunday will raise much-needed toys for Community Action’s holiday program. From 11 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to walk, drive or ride into the former Ames parking lot on Route 31 in Medina with minimum $10 cash donations or unwrapped gifts. Everything collected will be presented to a Community Action representative following a 40- to 50-mile motorcycle ride around Orleans County at the Medina VFW, said publicity spokesperson Fran Abrams.

To promote safety, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department will provide a patrol car escort, and Orleans County Motorcycle Patrol will direct traffic at each intersection. The event has been an Orleans County ABATE tradition for more than 20 years, and is a jump start to Community Action’s fall toy drive. “We’re very appreciative that they do this every year,” said Community Action Emergency Services Coordinator Joni Dix. “This definitely helps out. … Whatever anyone wants to give is appreciated.”

On average, 30 to 50 motorcyclists participate in the toy run, rain or shine, Abrams said. Proceeds and gifts for children and young adults typically average $1,000 during the one-hour period. Community Action uses the items collected to help more than 400 low-income families enjoy the December holiday season, Dix said. Intakes are conducted to ensure every child or teenager receives at least one wish-list item.

In addition to the toys, Community Action provides each family with all of the fixings for a holiday meal, she said. Orleans County ABATE came up with the toy run when they decided to hold a ride event that would benefit the community, Abrams said. It has always been a success. “We appreciate their kindness and the hard work they put into this,” Dix said.

For further information, contact Orleans County ABATE at 798-6662 or Community Action at 589-5605.

SOURCE: The Journal Register