A.B.A.T.E.’s annual Toys for Tots ride will be held Saturday, December 5. Kicking off at 12 noon, the ABATE parade of motorcycles will be escorting Santa Claus to Rich Mountain Community College for the annual Channel 19 Toys for Tots Telethon. At 1 p.m., the live telethon hits the airwaves with entertainment provided by local talent. The drive to bring toys and monetary donations to the college will continue until 4 p.m. “It is the hope of RMCC-TV and the Marine Corps League, that folks will bring their toys and monetary donations during the three hours of the show. However, there are Toys for Tots boxes all around town where anyone can drop off a toy any time, which will then will be brought to the college,” said RMCC-TV’s Rudi Timmerman.
It should be noted that all toys collected will be distributed locally. The program has been very successful in the past and the funds collected will be used to buy additional toys. Hundreds of Polk County youngsters will receive their gifts at the annual Elks Christmas party in December. “The need is great so, it is hoped that the generosity of the community will continue in order that all can have a merry Christmas,” Timmerman said. In addition to donating, you can watch Vyve cable channel 19 for the telethon. Marine Corps League volunteers will be standing by to answer the phone.