Photos by Danette Ulloa and Jody Bracy
On Saturday, October 6th braving the much cooler temperatures approximately 30 local area bikers, American Legion members and Santa Claus met at the La Junta Walmart parking lot to kick off the 28th Annual Bikers Toy Run and Toy Dance. Collecting toys and monetary donations, it was a good day. Toys and donations will also be collected at the Wayne Kash Memorial Toy Dance on Dec. 1 at the Rocky Ford Elks Lodge.
The Toy Run was once again led by those who rode with and knew Kash. Robert "Wolf" Lucero, Ryan Willhoite and Jody Bracy led the bikes and trailing vehicle as they headed off to the Rocky Ford Elks Lodge under the escort of the Otero County Sheriff's Office.
Members of American Legion District 1 were out in force in support of the Toy Run and Toy Dance as this is a District 1 American Legion Children and Youth project. American Legion Post 6, Post 9 and Post 168 came out to help ensure that local underprivileged children have something for Christmas. This year the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Colorado Children and Youth Chairwoman and Past Department Commander Terri L. Clinton along with Auxiliary Department of Colorado President Laurie Kuntz chose the Wayne Kash Memorial Bikers Toy Run and Toy Dance as one of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Colorado's Children and Youth projects.
Members of the Wayne Kash Memorial Bikers Toy Run and Toy Dance Committee will be out in the community collecting donations for this year's efforts. The Toy Run and Toy Dance benefits underprivileged children in Otero, Bent and Crowley Counties. They work with Black Hills Energy, Otero, Bent and Crowley County Social Services, Otero County Sheriff's Office, Manzanola, Fowler, Crowley County, Swink, Cheraw and Las Animas School Districts with each county's Department of Social Services verifying the need of the family.
If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please contact Jody Bracy at 719-928-1848.