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ABATE Toy Run set for Saturday

For the second year running, Pagosa Country’s neediest children will find something under the tree as ABATE (A Brotherhood Active Towards Education) of Colorado District 19 will hold their second toy run this Saturday.

Donations for the toy run can be dropped off at Mountain Home Sound and Security (located at 135 Country Center Drive, No. C), Pagosa Power Sports (located at 301 North Pagosa Boulevard) and at The Pagosa Lodge (located at 3505 West U.S. 160).

“For our first run we had 40 motorcycles,” said Mona Calderon, event organizer. “We collected washer and dryer boxes full of toys.”

The Toy Run takes place Saturday, starting at the downtown main street parking lot (in the 400 block of Pagosa Street, adjacent to the river) at 10 a.m. for registration, coffee and donuts. Riders will leave at 11 a.m., ride through town and then meet at The Pagosa Lodge for lunch, a live auction and to drop off toys collected for the run. Registration is $10 and a toy donation.

According to Calderon, money collected from the auction or other donations “Goes to help children who need things like dental work, eyeglasses or other things.”

ABATE of Colorado is a group of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated “(T)o preserve freedom of the road, to unite motorcyclists, to promote fair legislation, safety, and rider education and to provide a network for communication on issues affecting motorcyclists,” according to a statement on their Web site.

However, Calderon emphasized that, “Everybody’s welcome. You don’t have to ride (a motorcycle) to take part.”

In fact, Calderon said the toy run will take place no matter what the weather brings this Saturday.

“We’ll drive if it snows,” she said. “We’ll put our bikes on trailers and tow them behind us.”

For more information about the toy run, registration or inquiries regarding toy or monetary donations, call Calderon at 946-8107.