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Bikers left Dawsonville City Hall on their way to Lumpkin High School, the last stop on the Buck Jones Memorial Toy Ride benefitting local children.

Buck Jones Memorial Toy Ride brings joy to Dawson children

By DENISE RAY This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. PHOTOS BY DENISE RAY.

The engines of 200 motorcycles roared as bikers left the Cumming Fairgrounds and headed this holiday season. Registration was three gifts—or gift cards—one for each stop on the ride: Forsyth County, Dawson County and Lumpkin County.

For those who preferred to not make the trek or preferred to travel without donations, trailers were at the fairgrounds to gather donations to be distributed later to a nonprofit in each of the three counties. Coffee and hot chocolate were on hand to warm their hands as riders gathered, but they were feeling pretty warm with holiday spirit.

“All kids deserve something; something nice for Christmas,” Don Bailey said when asked why he was riding. This was his fifth ride.

Donna Reese came with $200-$300 worth of stuffed animals on her bike. The petite resident of Acworth had them stuffed in a bag and dozens more fastened with bungee cords to her motorcycle. In a trunk-like compartment she had a large stack of coloring books.

“I don’t know how many there are, I just kept grabbing them and stuffing them behind the bungee cords,” Reese said giggling. “I told them to hold on tight and not to fall off on the highway.”

Participants were treated to pinto beans and cornbread at Dawsonville City Hall, served by Mrs. Claus and volunteers. There have been as many as 600 riders and as few as five over the years. The ride began when Buck Jones was the Chief of Police for the City of Cumming and saw a need at the holidays.

This year, as always, Santa led the caring and generous tandem riders with a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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Mrs. Claus serves up lunch at the 28th annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run. The ride began at the Cumming Fairgrounds and riders travelled Hwy. 9 through Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

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