Bike run to benefit Toys for Tots

Russell Anglin

The First Assembly Church of God in Tucumcari will hold its first “Love for the Little Ones” Toys for Tots motorcycle run Saturday.

Jaime Olivas, First Assembly congregation member, proposed the bike run as a way for bikers to socialize with one another while contributing to the needs of area children.

“The money will be utilized to purchase toys to donate to children in the community who may get placed in foster homes or whose parents may be away for some reason,” Olivas said.

Bikers will gather at 8:15 a.m. at the Tucumcari Convention Center and will ride in the Rattler Reunion Parade of Classes at 9 a.m. Those who wish to participate can strap toys for donation onto their motorcycles.

Church volunteers will sell 50-50 raffle tickets at the parade. The winner of the raffle will receive half of the money from sold tickets.

From the parade, the bikers will ride to San Jon on Route 66, continue to Logan on State Highway 469, and return to Tucumcari on U.S. Highway 54.

First Assembly Pastor Dereck Owen said he would consider the event successful if it helped one child, but he expects the effort to benefit many.

“This being the first time we’re doing this, we’re not sure what to expect, but we live in a pretty generous community, especially in regards to children. People really want to take care of and love on kids. We’ve always had a great response (at previous community events) and we expect to do it again,” Owen said.

He said his church concentrates much of its efforts on helping children in this area and that the church enjoys a considerable amount of community support.

“It’ll be a good event for families to come out and have a good time and support a good cause. We’re trying to help kids. That’s what we’re about. We’re trying to promote that,” Owen said. “When we’re together, doing something, we can accomplish a lot more than when we’re apart.”

The bike run concludes with barbecue sandwiches served at the church and a drawing for the raffle contest winner. Contestants do not have to be present to win.