Hundreds participate in Fraser Valley Toy Run

The annual event, which travelled through Mission, collected more than 1,000 toys and $11,000

  • Oct. 23, 2015 1:00 p.m.

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The Fraser Valley Toy Run held on Sunday attracted about 850 motorcycles and collected more than 1,000 toys and $11,000 in cash.

The event involved motorcyclists meeting at locations in Chilliwack and Mission and then travelling to the Fraser Valley Auto Mall in Abbotsford. From there, they progressed to the Ag-Rec Building to drop off their donations.

The items will be distributed among Christmas organizations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Agassiz and Hope.

Prior to the toy run, organizers had expressed concerns that the future of the event could be in jeopardy, following increased demands by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation in regards to traffic control.

Toy Run volunteers say those demands were going to result in costs of about $4,000 to hire a private company – rather than the Mission RCMP – to guide riders through the intersection of Highway 7 and 11.

A group of pilot car drivers donated their time to help alleviate some of their costs, and a Chilliwack traffic company also donated resources.

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