Big day for Toys for Tots

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

Sunday is a big day for the 2017 Toy Drive — the 16th annual Maui Toy Run Motorcycle Parade presented by Street Bikers United Hawaii, Maui County Chapter.

Riders will begin to gather at Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei at 9 a.m. and some bicycles will be given away to keiki. At 10:30 a.m., the riders will take off for Lahaina Minit Stop via the Lahaina bypass.

An after-party will be held at 1 p.m. at Kihei VFW featuring live music, 50/59 raffles and prizes.

Participants and the public are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a financial contribution to Toys for Tots. Checks should be made payable to: SBU Maui Toy Run, c/o Street Bikers United Hawaii, 67 Nohokai St., Kihei 96753.

According to the bikers’ website, toys may be dropped off at Nalu’s, Fork & Salad and Ohana Seafood Bar & Grill restaurants in Kihei; the Shops at Wailea; Trilogy Excursion in Lahaina; and all Minit Stop locations.

Besides the many stores and establishments, you may also bring an unwrapped toy to the Azeka Makai parking lot staging point on the day of the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run.

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 remains what it originally was:

“To bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.”

Do your part. Take a new toy to Sunday’s parade and make a donation.

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