Toy Run set for Oct. 20

Volunteers to collect Christmas toys for children in the Valley

Volunteers of the Toy Run hope to collect gifts for Fraser Valley children.

Volunteers of the Toy Run hope to collect gifts for Fraser Valley children.

The 27th annual Central and Upper Fraser Valley Toy Run will roll into town on Sunday, Oct. 20, collecting toys to help local kids have a Christmas.

The event is free, but volunteers ask attendees to bring new unwrapped toys, and they will receive a pin.

The toys will be distributed through the Christmas Bureau at Abbotsford Community Services, and gifts will go to children in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Mission and Agassiz.

Motorcyclists can assemble at Liquidation World in Mission with a departure time of 9:45 a.m. and at the Sears Parking lot in Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack at 9:30 a.m.

The bikes will parade in about 10:15 a.m., arriving at the Ag-Rec Building in Abbotsford, at 32470 Haida Drive.

The event will run rain or shine, and people who don’t ride can bring their families by car to the Ag-Rec.

Barney Hopkins, a Mission resident and organizer of the  toy run, said the focus of the event is on helping kids in need.

“It’s all about kids having a Christmas, that otherwise can’t have a Christmas.”