31st Annual Toy Run
THIS YEAR'S TOY RUN WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 7th 2019.
The Toy Run Foundation began in 1988 when Russ & Sharon Welch (previous Harley-Davidson dealer in town) wanted nothing more than to help needy families during the Holidays. Over the years, it’s blossomed into what it is today with the growing support from our local community and our very generous sponsors!
Each year, our Foundation partners up with local schools, church’s, and social organizations to receive nominations of families (we don’t accept nominations from individuals). We focus on those that might be a struggling veteran/single parent household, they might have gone through a traumatic event recently, families with disabled children, and families that are just down on their luck. Once all nominations turned in, our extremely thorough interviewing process begins. It includes an initial phone interview, an in-home interview, and a final committee selection meeting that ensures we choose the right families. After receiving roughly 70 nominations each year, we select between 12 and 15! This is how the name of our foundation is slightly misleading. Toys are a very small piece to the puzzle. Typically, our families that are selected lack basic necessities such as beds, blankets, clothing, and furniture, so we are able to provide major items that’ll help them back on their feet. We don’t accept clothes and/or toy donations simply because we choose different families each year that will have different needs. (For those who aren’t sure how to help, monetary support is the best way! Absolutely 100% of the money raised is used to buy the children in each family their needs, and of course some toys from Santa! No electronics!)) We have major sponsors, Ashley HomeStore donates all of the furniture needed (bunk beds, dressers, couches, kitchen tables, desks, etc.) and The Sleep Station BCS donates the mattresses, box springs, and frames. Another sponsor, Ruffino Meats & Food Service, donates turkeys! Our committee shops for each family, wraps each gift individually, and we finally load the gifts in the D & D Moving & Storage Inc. (major sponsor) truck the day before. If you’ve noticed the donation request of lightly used stuffed animals throughout the year, those will be used to hand out to the neighborhood children that will gather around to see Santa! On Toy Run day, we will ride motorcycles to each home and hand deliver each gift with the help of those who join us!
DONATING TO OUR TOY RUN IS EASY! YOU CAN CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON AT THE TOP OF EACH PAGE, BRING CASH, OR WRITE A CHECK!
CHECKS CAN ALSO BE MAILED TO THE RANCH HARLEY-DAVIDSON AT
4101 STATE HWY 6 SOUTH
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
CHECKS WILL NEED TO BE WRITTEN TO "BRAZOS DE DIOS HARLEY OWNERS GROUP FOUNDATION"
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions!
Q: Where does the money donated go to?
A: Absolutely 100% of our proceeds goes directly to our needy families each year. All of our committee members volunteer 100% of their time. Even our escorting officers on the day of Volunteer their time.
Q: Where and how do I donate?
A: You can donate any time of the year by cash, check, or credit card here at The Ranch Harley-Davidson. We also have endless other ways to donate, sponsor, or support!
Monetary Donations- Every single penny we raise goes to buying our families the things they need. See the "MORE" tab for forms about the different levels of sponsorship and how you can benefit by giving!
Live and/or Silent Auction items for our upcoming November Auction
Set Up a collection box at your business or office. Collections can include canned food, lightly-used stuffed animals, and/or money. I can provide everything needed for setup!
In-Kind Donations (goods, food vouchers, services, etc. for our families)
If you have any other ideas or suggestions, send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q: Do you take clothes or toy donations?
A: Unfortunately we do not. Our Foundation benefits most from monetary donations. After we select our families, we go out and purchase their needs. We do not use "used" items.
Q: I would like to nominate my friends family, how can I do that?
A: We only accept nominations from Bryan-College Station Elementary Schools, Churches, the Police Stations, and organizations that deal closely with needy families.
Q: Can I drive my car during the Toy Run?
A: No. Out of the safety of our riders and our escorting officers, cars are not permitted. We usually have a bus that carries those who don't ride. The seats on the bus are first come, first serve. The sign up for that will begin at 8am on December 1, 2018 (the day of)