Hardy souls brave weather for Florence Lions Club’s annual toy run
FLORENCE, S.C. – Several hundred hardy souls braved widely scattered thundershowers, mounted their motorcycles and rode with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Sunday afternoon in the Florence Lions Club’s 35th Annual Toy Run.
The ride stretches from the Florence Center parking lot to the Eastern Carolina Fairgrounds on East Palmetto Street, where participants were treated to a hot meal, charity auction and door prizes.
This year there also was time to honor Sandy Broach and Doug Guynn, former owners of Doug’s Harley-Davidson, who founded the annual toy ride.
“It’s grown over the years, and its really huge now,” said Peggy Hudson, one of the event organizers.
This year’s ride, though, was expected to be smaller than past years because of the weather, she said.
The ride cost $20 per entrant or a toy of equal or greater value.
“We usually get a lot of toys, and the money we do raise goes back into the community for different projects, like the Salvation Army bicycle donation,” Hudson said of a $3,000 donation in 2016 to the organization to help it purchase bicycles for children at Christmas.
Money raised by the ride goes to other Lions Club projects as well – including eyeglasses and hearing aids.