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Toy run set for Sunday
Event honors late police chief
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A yearly motorcycle event aimed at collecting toys for children in need is scheduled for Sunday.

Registration for the 19th annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run is set for 11 a.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Kickstands will go up at 1 p.m.

Proceeds go to children in need from Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

Jones, the event’s namesake, was a former Cumming police chief who died in September at age 70.

Don Parkinson, owner of Bikers Dream of Atlanta, said his longtime friend started the run in 1991 after noticing a lack of charity events to help area children.

“We’re going to continue it in his name and I think that’s what he would be happiest with,” Parkinson said.

Participants are asked to bring unwrapped gifts to drop off at stops in the three counties. Parkinson said sometimes gift cards are collected for teens who may have outgrown toys but are still in need.

“In addition to toys, we also try to identify a family or someone who is in need and we do a 50/50,” Parkinson said.

He explained that tickets are sold and the recipient gets half the money collected while the other half goes to a charity.

Parkinson said he’s optimistic about the upcoming event.

“I think it’ll be a very good turnout as the weather is cooperating for a change,” he said.