The annual North Georgia Toy Run is organized by Greg "Kraut" Hartman owner of Hartman Tf Cycles in Canton, Georgia and benefits the Jasper Lions Club Fill-A-Stocking program.
Great Toy Run! By Doug Brooks, Jasper Lions Club
Last Sunday afternoon (12-2), approximately 1,200 motorcycles with passengers brought over 1,700 bikers to participate in the 31st North Georgia Toy Run where the second stop was sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club. The bikers brought hundreds of great toys to be a part of this year's Fill-A-Stocking program.
Lions Darlene Handy and Melanie Effler chaired the committee that planned the Toy Run stop in Jasper. Many Jasper Lions were on hand to help them greet the riders, prepare the delicious refreshments the bikers were served and thank them for their participation. Lion Lawton Baggs and some members of the LEO Club at PHS were also on hand.
Greg Hartman of Hartman T/F Cycles and Toy Run organizer, was Santa Claus again this year and led the visitors from the Custom Riders of Jasper, members of the Christian Motorcycles Association of Marietta, and several other groups. They made a spectacular entrance to the site of the meeting at the Georgia Mountain Hospice facility in Jasper.
Many thanks to local businesses that made donations to the event: Piggly Wiggly, Deb's Bakery, Fatz Cafe, Bojangles, McDonald's, Papa John's Pizzas, Rick Jasperse for a great grill, and to Gina Pendley for use of the Georgia Mountain Hospice Facility.
Thanks also to members of the Pickens County Sheriff's Department for their assistance in traffic control for the visitors.
Last year 1,066 children from Pickens County families received toys for the Fill-A-Stocking program and Lions look forward to giving out many more this year. Applications to receive them are available at local schools, DFACS or Headstart.
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