I am 19 years old and I have experienced every part of the Olympia Toy Run - from riding in it on the back of my mom's motorcycle to sorting the thousands of toys and finally distributing them to the families in need.
I have participated three years in a row now and will continue to volunteer for the Salvation Army in the future.
This event has touched me beyond feelings. I’ve literally cried at the faces on these parents, grandparents and caretakers. The gratitude they show and the thanks they give keeps me grounded.
It’s a wonderful feeling. Over 15,000 bikers come every year from all over the Pacific Northwest and from all walks of life to give to children.
Without these generous men and women, young and old, these children in need would be left without a Christmas present.
It saddens me to hear that this could end – ending a chance for a child to have a proper Christmas.
I’ve heard that this event is not being considered a community event. I beg to differ. A community is defined as a group that shares the same characteristics and interests and perceives itself or is perceived as distinct from the larger community it belongs in.
If this isn’t a community event, I don’t know what is.
I hope that these children will continue to be able to have a Christmas because this is one thing that shouldn’t and cannot end.