Christmas spirit prevails despite canceled Toy Run
The 18th annual Food Drive and Toy Run for Placer County was canceled Dec. 7, but that did not stop the community from coming out with Christmas gifts for Placer County Family Services.
Christmas car caravans, motorcycle enthusiasts and scouts from Troop 6 of Meadow Vista with 30 dozen donuts, coffee and hot chocolate, rose to the occasion with enthusiastic holiday spirit.
Neither snow, frost, sleet nor ice deterred the conviction of those who wanted to spread the joy. But more toys are needed for every girl and boy receiving various services from Placer County.
“Christmas is truly the reason for the season, and the kids in our county getting gifts has always been the single most important thing to the event sponsors,” said Emma Lujan, event chair and spokesperson.
“All the event sponsors, Lone Wolf Cycles, LoVolt Connections, Brock and Pam Krasner, ARD, Gold Country Harley Riders, C&E Auburn V-Twin and Placer County Family Services, want to extend their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported this event in the past, currently and the future. Together, we are committed to every child in the county, especially during the holiday season. There is no greater joy than to see a child’s bright smile when they get that one gift. This is the only way most even have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas.”
The safety of all participants and recipients was paramount to the decision to cancel. In 18 years, this event has never been canceled. Unfortunately, due to the weather, not enough toys were collected to ensure each child would receive a present.
An urgent request is being issued to Placer County residents to help. Please bring new unwrapped gifts/toys for children, boys and girls of every age and drop them off at the collection site of C & E Auburn V-Twin, Incorporated, located at 12015 Shale Ridge Lane, Auburn.
Toys will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday at the Harley specialty shop featuring motorcycle service, parts, clothing and motorcycle sales. Toys collected will be distributed throughout Placer County.
“The 300-plus children who had invitations from Placer County will receive telephone calls with specific instructions as to the location, date and time to pick out their gifts,” Lujan said. “All toys and coupons will be turned over to Placer County Family Services. … The county has an exact list and will be handling the distribution. If you were on the original list and have an invitation in hand, please contact your county services specialist directly.”
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