2015 Weaverville Cops for Kids Run
The old saying “charity begins at home” is true. For motorcycle toy runs it is more like “charity starts in your hometown.” My hometown is Weaverville, NC and the Toy run season for me begins with the Weaverville Cops for Kids Run (http://www.weavervillecopsforkids.com). This year the 11th annual run was held on Saturday October 10th, a cool and rainy fall day. Rainy days are often the downfall of organized motorcycle runs. Most riders will head out when there is a chance of rain in the forecast. However start the day with a nice hard rain and many bikes never leave the garage.
This year 47 riders, some with co-riders, braved inclement weather to attend the event and enjoy the 40-mile escorted run through scenic Western North Carolina. While the number of four wheelers that showed up to drop off toys and cash donations was not officially counted, they streamed in all during the event. This year the Weaverville Cops for Kids Run generated over $6,000.00 in cash donations and several hundreds in unwrapped toys. On a sunny day you could expect to see as many as 250 motorcycles, which makes for a miles long procession of motorcycles being escorted through these hills. While the rider count was lower, folks dug deeper in their pocket for the kids, the largest event day donations were just over $8,300. This proves that bad weather does not stop motorcyclists from helping the kids.
The Weaverville Cops for Kids Run is the kick-off event for the annual Weaverville Cops for Kids campaign. The charity was founded in 2003 by the Weaverville Police Department and the run was started in 2005. Since the inception the Weaverville Cops for Kids campaign has raised over $150,000.00. The toy drive runs to the second weekend in December and will wrap-up at the Weaverville Candlelight Stroll (http://www.visitweaverville.com/events/candlelight-stroll/) on Friday, December 11th from 6 – 9 PM. So there is still time to help less fortunate children have a Merry Christmas with your donation of an unwrapped toy or cash. You can contact them at:
Weaverville Police Department
Event Coordinator, Sergeant Andy Mace