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Toy Run attracts 130 bikers to ride for Christmas for the Children

SHELDON LIVESAY, Community Contributor • Sep 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The 19th annual Toy Run for Christmas for the Children was a huge success this year. Donations from the Toy Run, held on Sept. 21, are greatly helpful to get Of One Accord’s Christmas program started each year.

The event raised $1,715 thanks to 130 motorcycle riders who met either at Big Lots parking lot at noon or the Church Hill Shopping Center at 12:45 to join the ride.

The route made its way down Goshen Valley, back into Rogersville ending at the City Park. True Sons Motorcycle Club was present again this year to escort the motorcycles throughout the ride, blocking intersections and providing safety for all riders. Jennifer Kinsler, the Christmas for the Children director had lunch ready.

As part of the same event, old cars were invited to drive in and be put on display with 18 participating this year.

String Break, a local band with Randy Ball and Ron Yageman performed for the group and many local businesses had contributed door prizes, which were drawn for at the end of the day.

Christmas for the Children has served children in Hawkins County for the last 30 years in an effort to ensure every child in the county is served without being duplicated multiple times.

“Churches joined together first in Rogersville, then expanded to serve all of Hawkins County in this effort to coordinate names and families,” Kinsler said.

Kinsler also said families begin to be interviewed in Church Hill and Rogersville on Monday. Interviews will be in Rogersville at the Christmas for the Children office located in the back of the Market Place building, 102 Brownlow St., across from the Shepherd’s Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily (423) 500-1019. Interviews will be in Church Hill at Emergency Services Food Pantry, Mondays or Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.

In 2019, Lucas served 1,320 children through 38 separate Christmas parties, primarily held in churches across the county. While most of the parties are hosted by churches, some businesses or industries participate, and last year eight churches came in from as far away as Carrollton, Ga., to help wrap gifts and host a party.

For more information on Christmas for the Children, being a sponsoring church or business, or wanting to make donations, Kinsler can be reached at 500-1019. Christmas for the Children is another program for Of One Accord Ministry, with headquarters in The Shepherd’s Center (423) 921-8044.

Sheldon Livesay is director of Rogersville’s Of One Accord ministry.