The annual Hardin County Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run, which typically attracts large numbers of bikers each year, will be revving up the spirit of Christmas this weekend.

The event begins at noon Sunday at Staples in Eliza­beth­town where participants can register for the ride. Classic cars or other vehicles also are welcome to join the ride. The donation of at least one toy is required to take part, however, even if you are not participating in the ride, all are encouraged come out, enjoy and donate at the event.

Toys For Tots Coord­inator Sgt. Carol Welch said set up for the event will be the same as in previous years. Boxes will be set up outside for toy donations and Santa will be in attendance. There also will be a food truck on site.

Social distancing is encouraged at the event.

The ride will begin at 2 p.m. as participants travel from Staples in Elizabethtown to West Point where there will be 50/50 raffle and auction.

According to its website, the primary goal of Toys for Tots is “through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.”

In 2019, locally, Marine Toys for Tots was able to make the holidays a bit merrier for nearly 5,000 child­ren in Hardin and sur­rounding counties, distributing nearly 16,000 toys.

Toys for Tots is a 97/3 charitable ratio, that means 97 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to purchasing a toy for a child. According to the website, the other three cents is for administrative purposes, not a single penny goes to a salary.

For information about Toys for Tots and ways to donate or assist, people can reach out to Welch at 502-624-6224. To donate, people can also go to fort-knox-ky.toysfortots.org/.

At their recent ride in Bullitt County, Welch said they had a couple hundred participants. She said she hopes they receive the same amount of enthusiasm for this weekend’s Hardin County ride.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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