467 motorcycles ride in the 34th annual Butte County Toy Run

467 motorcycles ride in the 34th annual Butte County Toy Run

Motorcyclists met at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico on Saturday to participate in the 34th Annual Butte County Toy Run. A toy or a gift card, later to be donated to children in need, was the entry fee.

Lisa Salzman is the president of the Butte County Toy Run Committee and helps set up the toy run that happens once in July and once in December.

“I set it up like a store. We found out their age range, point ‘em in the right direction and they’re able to choose two gifts — whatever they would like.”

  • A plush Santa Claus resting on a sidecar motorcycle at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds during the 34th annual Butte County Toy Run in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 4 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Motorcyclist Norman Stanfield on his 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy during the 34th annual Butte County Toy Run in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 4 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • A trailer full of toys collected during the 34th annual Butte County Toy Run located at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 4 2021.

  • Bikes and their riders occupy the entire South parking lot of the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 3 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • DeNell Short, left, and Rocky Rawlin sitting in their 1923 Ford T-Bucket at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds on Saturday, Dec. 4 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Norman Stanfield holding a Butte County Toy Run pin at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 4 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Motorcyclists parked at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds during the 34th annual Butte County Toy Drive in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 4 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Motorcyclists driving at the 34th annual Butte County Toy Run in Chico, CA on Saturday Dec. 4 2021.

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The Butte County Toy Run works with children whose families may not be able to afford gifts for their children.

“Tickets are given out to families who have children in foster care or that are involved in children’s services and just need a little hand up,” Salzman said. “We always want parents to be able to give gifts to their kids.”

The donations they receive are all age-appropriate toys including bicycles. Participants also had the option to purchase raffle tickets as a way to support the toy drive.

Salzman said any toys or gift cards left over from the toy drive are saved, and throughout the year they give them out on birthdays or for special occasions.

“The day before prom, we had one of our little gals say ‘I just got invited, but I can’t go because I can’t get a dress and shoes,’” Salzman said.

The girl’s social worker asked Salzman to see what the Butte County Toy Run could do for her.

“We got her gift cards. She got her dress, she got her shoes, she got her hair and nails done,” Salzman said. “She had a fantastic time and she wouldn’t have been able to do that otherwise.”

Some of the riders who participated in the run drove from all over Northern California. Rider Norman Stanfield is from Westwood, CA and brought his 2008 Harley-Davidson Fatboy to the toy drive.

“I’m originally from Oroville, lived there for a long time,” Stanfield said. “I brought a unicorn jack-in-the-box.”

There are also riders returning again this year who had participated in the past. Cameron Banks said he goes every year and brought his 2015 Harley-Davidson Roadglide Special.

“It’s a good cause giving toys back to the kids. Runs like this are a lot of fun riding in a big group like this — you know, camaraderie,” Banks said. “We brought a barbie doll for some lucky little girl or boy.”

Barbi Boeger, a volunteer for Butte County Toy Run Committee, said a total of 467 motorcycles were counted on Saturday’s toy run.

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