Tamworth toy run to collect gifts for the  kids

DO YOU have some spare toys – or a book – to give to a needy child this Christmas? 

Some of the children of Tamworth would love it if you did.

The Tamworth Ulysses Club will be holding its 27th annual Salvation Army Toy Run this year, starting at noon at the Calala Inn next Saturday.

All motorcyclists are welcome to attend the run – and, importantly, bring some toys, such as dolls, cars and trucks – to give to the Salvation Army so they can pass them out to some needy kids.

But it’s not just fluffy toys that are required, Ulysses Club Tamworth publicity officer Robyn Proctor said.

“It’s not all fluffy toys: we need a variety of things – books for all ages, sports equipment, games and pamper packs for girls,” Mrs Proctor said.

You could even bring a gift certificate or make a donation, if that’s your preference.

Donations of non-perishable food are also welcome.

Instead of selling Toy Run badges, riders and pillions are asked to donate into the donation bucket prior to the ride which will end up at Bicentennial Park, where there will be a free sausage sizzle – and Ulysseans would love to see members of the general public there from 2pm.

There’ll be a prize for best decorated rider and bike.

Salvation Army Tamworth community services co-ordinator Brenda Lodge said it was such a great thing the Ulysses Club members did tirelessly year after year.

“It is a privilege to be a part of the team each year,” she said. 

“Without the gifts given, it would make it hard for us to meet the needs of so many children within our community.

“Times are tough – people are feeling the pinch – and the Toy Run gives us a head start for the families that come to the Salvation Army for their hampers.”

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