Augusta Toy Run supports military families

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Approximately 370 motorcycles lined Broad Street for the 14th Annual Augusta Toy Run, a police-escorted ride that started at the Augusta Museum of History and ended at the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America chapter in Hephzibah, on Sunday afternoon.

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Riders wave while holding toys to donate during the 14th Annual Augusta Toy Run. Fort Gordon's Christmas House benefited from the ride that raised $800 and filled five truck beds with toys.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Riders wave while holding toys to donate during the 14th Annual Augusta Toy Run. Fort Gordon's Christmas House benefited from the ride that raised $800 and filled five truck beds with toys.

Larry Dodson, the vice president of the veterans group and the event’s founder, said five pick-up truck beds filled with donated toys were collected and $800 was raised to benefit Fort Gordon’s Christmas House.

“When we have a person serving in the military, the whole family makes a sacrifice, and I think sometimes the children make the biggest sacrifice of all,” he said.

In its first year, Dodson said 43 people attended and he is happy with the event’s growth. “I can’t tell you what a success it is and what a blessing it is that the people of our community show up to support these military families,” he said.

Jon-Michael Sullivan, staff writer


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