467 motorcycles take part in the 34th edition of the Butte County Toy Run – Chico Enterprise-Record
Motorcyclists met at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico on Saturday to compete in the 34th Annual Butte County Toy Race. A toy or a gift card, which would later be given to children in need, was the entrance fee.
Lisa Salzman is the chair of the Butte County Toy Race Committee and helps organize the Toy Race which takes place once in July and once in December.
“I set it up like a store. We’ve found out their age range, point them in the right direction, and they can choose two gifts, whatever they want.
The Butte County Toy Run works with children whose families may not be able to afford gifts for their children.
“The tickets are given out to families who have children in foster care or who are involved in children’s services and just need a little helping hand,” said Salzman. “We always want parents to be able to give gifts to their children. “
The donations they receive are all age-appropriate toys, including bicycles. Participants also had the option of purchasing raffle tickets to support the toy drive.
Salzman said any toys or gift cards left over from the toy drive are kept and that they distribute them throughout the year for birthdays or special occasions.
“The day before the prom, one of our little girls said to us, ‘I just got invited, but I can’t go because I can’t have a dress and shoes,'” said Salzman.
The girl’s social worker asked Salzman to see what the Butte County Toy Run could do for her.
“We got his gift cards. She had her dress, she had her shoes, she had her hair and nails done, ”Salzman said. “She had a fantastic time and she couldn’t have done it any other way.”
Some of the runners who participated in the race came from all over Northern California. Pilot Norman Stanfield is from Westwood, Calif., And brought his 2008 Harley-Davidson Fatboy to the toy drive.
“I’m originally from Oroville, I lived there for a long time,” Stanfield said. “I brought a jack-in-the-box unicorn.”
There are also returning runners this year who have competed in the past. Cameron Banks said he goes there every year and brought his 2015 Harley-Davidson Roadglide Special.
“It’s a good cause to give back toys to children. Races like this are a lot of fun to drive in a big group like this – you know, the camaraderie, ”Banks said. “We brought a Barbie doll for a lucky little girl or boy.”
Barbi Boeger, a volunteer with the Butte County Toy Race Committee, said a total of 467 motorcycles were counted in Saturday’s toy race.