Nearly 300 motorcycles roared down Main Street Saturday morning, as part of the 2010 Toys for Kids Toy Run.


Nearly 300 motorcycles roared down Main Street Saturday morning, as part of the 2010 Toys for Kids Toy Run.
Starting at Wal-Mart, the run wound through town, ending up the McPherson American Legion where bikers filled the basement with toys for area children who, without them, might not have a Christmas. Along with the toys the riders brought, a truck carried nearly 40 bicycles to the Legion hall’s basement.
“My wife and I work on it year-round,” said Legion Riders Area Director Alan Longstaff. “After the first of the year we have people call wanting to participate. This is a group effort.”
This is the run’s 23rd year in McPherson, and the 11th one sponsored by the American Legion, since the organization took the event over from the national guard. Riders from Abate of Kansas and the Christian Motorcycle Riders participated as well.
The Legion hall will be open to parents who signed up with the McPherson County Resource Council. The parents are given a time to shop between Dec. 13-19, in 15-minute intervals. Parents will be able to take one large toy and three smaller ones.
“We think this is the second-largest toy store in McPherson, after Wal Mart,” said Steering Committee member Becky LaDuke, who added that making sure every family in McPherson is able to provide a Christmas is her favorite part of the job.
“Many have told me if this didn’t exist, they would not have had Christmas for their kids,” LaDuke said. “It’s all about the kids. It’s really very neat.”
LaDuke estimated that the Legion has roughly 2,400 gifts this year. In 2009, the run helped nearl