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Annual toy run set for Sunday
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Forsyth County News
If you're riding
* What: 17th Annual Buck Jones Toy Run
* When: 1 p.m. Sunday, registration begins at 11 a.m.
* Where: South Forsyth High School, with stops in Cumming, Dawson County and Lumpkin County
* Bring: Three new, unwrapped gifts or $10 Wal-Mart gift cards to be dropped off at each stop
* Contact: Bikers Dream at (770) 752-9160

A sleigh may be Santa's usual mode of transportation, but this weekend he'll be driving a motorcycle.

Kickstands go up at 1 p.m. Sunday at South Forsyth High School as the 17th annual Buck Jones Toy Run begins its trek.
Riders will stop in Cumming, Dawsonville and Lumpkin County, dropping off gifts at each location.

Jones, a former Cumming police chief and the event's namesake, started the run in 1991. Bikers Dream of Atlanta, a motorcycle shop, and the Dawsonville Pool Room are sponsoring the event.

Marilynn Parkinson, wife of Bikers Dream owner Don Parkinson, said her husband will lead the pack dressed as Santa.

"Especially this year, like everything else, charities have taken a hit," she said. "And people aren't contributing like they used to.

"The people in Lumpkin County, and I'm sure it's probably the same in Dawson County, told us if it wasn't for us they wouldn't have had anything to give some of these older kids. So they're really depending on us this year, and I'm sure it's like that all over with charities."

New, unwrapped toys will be accepted for children age 10 and younger. Parkinson asked that for kids 11 and older, participants can bring $10 Wal-Mart gift cards.

"If it wasn't for this ride, a lot of kids wouldn't get anything for Christmas," she said.

Parkinson said in years past, 600 to 700 bikes have rumbled through northern Georgia as part of the event.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Riders are asked to bring three gifts.