During Sunday’s crisp morning, hundreds of motorcycle riders arrived at the Kroger shopping center in Macedonia for the annual Hartman Cycles Toy Run.
The ride, which was founded over 30 years ago by Greg Hartman, made its way to the Canton Moose Family Center where Moose members prepared a lunch of soup and sandwiches. The Cherokee Shrine Club, Hickory Flat Masonic Lodge and Po Boys Car Club received over 1,000 toys the riders brought. The toys are distributed to children of Cherokee County for Christmas.
In a joint effort, schools in Cherokee County provide the Cherokee Shrine Club and the Hickory Flat Masonic Lodge a list of gifts for the children in need. The Shriners and Masons assembled the list and got to work. Po Boys Car Club, in addition to their other Charities, gives money and bicycles to the Shriners and Masons for these children. Greg Hartman, who is a Mason and Shriner, donates the toys from his ride to this project.
Canton Moose Family Center prepared food and volunteers to help with the ride and the transportation of the toys.
The Shriners, Masons and their wives then met at the Canton Target, who graciously let them in at 6 a.m. on a Sunday to shop for the children. Everyone then met at the Cherokee Shrine Club in Canton to sort the toys into groups for children by school and age. The Masons and Shriners then delivered the toys to the schools to be distributed to those in need.
Cherokee County is a blessed place that so many organizations can all come together, working side by side so that the community’s children are taken care of, said Earl Darby, president of the Cherokee Shrine Club.