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Toy run tradition continues
Honors memory of late Cumming police chief
Louise "Silky" Crowder of Atlanta, left, jokes with Don Parkinson as the 22nd annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run prepared to leave the Cumming Fairgrounds on Sunday. - photo by Jim Dean

The 22nd annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run collected more than a thousand toys Sunday, officials said.

The event, organized by Bikers Dream of Atlanta, helps organizations provide Christmas presents for children in need.

Motorcycle riders brought at least three unwrapped toys, one for each stop along the ride — Cumming, Dawsonville and Dahlonega.

Ted Richardson with the North Georgia Mountain Riders, which co-sponsored the event, said some 250 bikes took part in the ride, which raised an additional $1,500.

Jones, a former Cumming police chief who also worked for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, started the toy drive after seeing a lack of charities helping families with presents at Christmas.

Jones died in 2010 at age 70, but the toy runs continues in his memory.

Riders set out from the Cumming Fairgrounds on Castleberry Road and stopped first in Dawsonville, where lunch was provided by the Dawsonville Pool Room. They then continued on to Lumpkin County High School.

Don Parkinson, owner of Bikers Dream, described the run as “very successful.”

According to Jones’ wife, Treva, the ride’s continued success is due in part to Parkinson.

“When Buck got sick, Don was always helping. He asked Don and he said yes,” she said. “Buck’s been gone three years now, but Don has just done an excellent job. It’s wonderful to see such a good crowd of bikers.”


David Renner of the FCN regional staff contributed to this report.