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Annual bike ride to collect toys for kids this weekend
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Riders for the 26th annual Buck Jones Toy Run gather at the Cumming Fairgrounds last year. The fairgrounds is the first toy drop on the ride, with the other two being Dawsonville City Hall in Dawsonville and Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega. - photo by DCN regional staff

This weekend, bikers will make their way from downtown Cumming to Dahlonega for a good cause.

The 27th annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run will start at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Cumming Fairgrounds and first stop at Dawsonville City Hall before ending at a final stop in Dahlonega.

Registration for the ride will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds.

“We ask that everybody brings at least one toy for every stop, and also, if they could bring Walmart gift cards in $10 increments because some of the charities also help out organizations for [things like] foster care for kids, where the kids may be beyond needing a toy for Christmas. They may need things to just make things better for themselves,” said organizer Don Parkinson.

The was event started in 1991 by Buck Jones, a former Cumming police chief who also worked for Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. After Jones passed away in 2010, the toy run was named in his memory.

“He started delivering toys to the three counties,” Parkinson said. “I got to know Buck in the mid-90s and started helping him.”

After starting at the fairgrounds, the ride will stop by the Dawsonville City Hall in Dawsonville before concluding at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega.

Charities in each county have been chosen as recipients: Meals by Grace in Forsyth, K.A.R.E. for Kids in Dawson and Lumpkin County Division of Family and Children Services and Community Helping Place in Dahlonega.

Along with donating toys, a 50/50 raffle will be held, with half of the money raised going to the organizations and half to going to the winner.

“Many times in the past, people have been very charitable and part, if not all, of their winnings back to the charities,” Parkinson said. “It gives everyone a good feeling this time of year.”

The ride is open to those who only want to make part of the run, and locals wanting to make donations but not ride can do so before 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

“It’s a very nice, casual, easy-paced ride and people enjoy it,” Parkinson said. “There’s a lot of comradery and just good cheer among all people. It’s a fun ride. Any type of motorcycle is welcome.”

For more information about the toy run, call (770) 752-9160.