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Butler County Toy Run set for Saturday

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 7:26 a.m.

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Butler County Toy Run

Several toy runs are sponsored in part by ABATE District 8 this year. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and other organizations.

The schedule includes:

Oct. 6 — Butler County, 11 a.m. Lineup at 10 a.m., 4-H building, 206 N. Griffith, El Dorado.

Oct. 27 — Sumner County, 1 p.m. Lineup at noon on Main Street, Belle Plaine.

Nov. 4 — Wichita Toy Run Rally, 11 a.m., Douglas between McLean and Seneca.

Nov. 10 — Cowley County, 1 p.m. Lineup at 11 a.m., Island Park, Winfield

Nov. 18 — Reno County, 1 p.m. Lineup at 10 a.m., intersection of Ave A and Washington, Hutchinson.

For more, contact Tony Railsback at 620-204-8018 or tony@techinc.org. For information on ABATE, go to www.ksabate8.org.

Santa is trading his sleigh for a motorcycle this weekend, in south-central Kansas’ first toy run of the year, set for Saturday in El Dorado.

The 20th annual Butler County Toy Run kicks off a series of events sponsored in part this fall by ABATE – A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments – District 8.

Lineup starts at 10 a.m. at the 4-H Building, 206 N. Griffith in El Dorado. The parade leaves at 11.

Participants are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy.

“It’s one of my highlights of the year because I’ve known people who have benefitted from it,” said Charles “Mick” Jimenez, ABATE’s Butler County representative. The statewide group promotes motorcycle legislation and safety. District 8 serves 11 south-central Kansas counties, including Sedgwick County.

The parade will be escorted by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office – and Santa – along a 73-mile course. ABATE is encouraging people to support riders as they pass through Augusta at 11:25 a.m.; Douglass at 11:40 a.m., Rose Hill at 12:40 p.m., Andover at 1 p.m. and Benton at 1:20 p.m.

The run will end in El Dorado around 1:45 p.m. Lunch – which costs $4 – an auction and prize drawings follow at the 4-H building.

Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army of Butler County’s Angel Tree program, which serves about 600 families at Christmastime.

Salvation Army Capt. Katie Pinkston said she looks forward to a successful fundraiser after the last year’s donations of $5,200, more than 300 toys and 200 pounds of food.

“We’ve been able to provide an extra toy … per child,” she said, noting items for teens and infants are in high demand. This year, nonperishable foods and cash donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Walmart, 301 S. Village Road in El Dorado.

“We’re really excited that we get the privilege to not only increase the number of toys … but to get enough food to fill 15 to 20 baskets to give out to the families,” she said.

For more information, contact Jimenez at 316-320-0333 or tijimenez058@cox.net. E-mail kathleen_pinkston@usc.salvationarmy.org for details on Butler County’s Angel Tree program.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com.

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