Grafton Salvation Army Captain Keith Atkinson (front), Ray Grayson, and organisers Gail and Alan Ryall are gearing up for the 2013 Grafton Toy Run. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Grafton Salvation Army Captain Keith Atkinson (front), Ray Grayson, and organisers Gail and Alan Ryall are gearing up for the 2013 Grafton Toy Run. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Christmas Toy Run returns

THE revival of the Grafton Toy Run will bring a little more joy to kids around the Valley on Christmas Day.

Alan and Gail Ryall organised the event this year because a toy run hadn't taken place in Grafton for more than seven years.

"In the end, it was the kids that were missing out," Mr Ryall said.

The organisers encouraged everyone to dig deep to help out kids in need.

"Anyone and everyone is invited," Mr Ryall said.

"Young or old, big bike or little bike or no bike at all, we don't mind."

Participants are encouraged to bring a gift for a child, preferably unwrapped.

"Just think of the smile you're going to put on a young kid's face when they open the present on Christmas Day," Mrs Ryall said.

A vehicle will be at each of the major stops on the day to collect donated gifts.

Toys can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army Op Shop or at the office in Oliver St, Grafton.

All the toys will be given to Valley children.

Captain Keith Atkinson said the Salvation Army was grateful for the support of the event.

"The toys are given out based on our assessment of families and their needs," he said. "It's part of our welfare system. We think of the kids. That's always the number one thing."

Organisers are looking for donations of prizes for a raffle, as well as goodies for a barbecue on the day.

Riders will meet at Market Square at 9am on December 8 and parade down Prince and Skinner streets.

They will travel to Brushgrove Hotel via Tucabia and Tyndale, and then back to the Salvation Army Hall.

For more information, phone Gail on 66447048 or 0428434459.



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