Toys for Tots event coming

Every year the Maui County Chapter of the Street Bikers United Hawaii stages a parade and a ride to garner toys and donations for Toys for Tots.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the 12th annual Motorcycle Parade & Car Show will begin at 8 a.m. at Maalaea Harbor. According to the Mauitoys4tots website, “Toy Bunnies” will be on hand to collect donations and sell raffle tickets for an “After Party” at the Kihei VFW.

The show will continue at the harbor until 11 a.m., when participants will parade to Lahaina Cannery Mall via Honoapiilani Highway and Front Street.

According to a story in Thursday’s Maui News, the toy run will return to Kihei at 2 p.m., traveling on Piilani Highway, Alanui Ke Alii Drive and South Kihei Road en route to Post 3850 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2110 Uluniu Road.

There will be live music, prizes and $5 plate lunches (ages 10 and under eat for free) at the post.

Attendees at the events are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy or to make a donation (no stuffed animals, please). If you are unable to attend, you may make a donation online at Click on the tab marked “Donations.”

Toys for Tots is an annual drive presented by the United States Marine Cops Reserve in partnership with the Salvation Army of Maui County.

Toys for Tots has been providing toys to needy children at Christmastime since 1947 when Marine reservists in Los Angeles distributed 5,000 toys. The next year, Marine Corps reservists across the country made it a nationwide campaign. The objective today is the same as it was in 1947: “To bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.”

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