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450 bikers partake in Henderson County Toy Run for foster care children; Hendrix honored

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More than 450 bikers and drivers of vehicles took part in the annual Henderson County Toy Run Saturday, Nov. 21. All toys and monetary donations go directly to children in the county's foster care system. (Photo courtesy of Henderson County Toy Run)

It was time to rev up the engines — 450 engines to be exact — for mountain Christmas on its way to hundreds of Henderson County children this holiday season.

The annual Henderson County Toy Run went off without a hitch Saturday at Bill Moore Community Park in Fletcher.

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Organizers say it's all about putting smiles on the children's faces this holiday season.

"It's all about the little kids who have had a hard life. We want to see them with a smile on their face," said toy run organizer Crystal Harris.

Each participant — mostly motorcyclists but some driving vehicles as well — either brought a toy or two to donate, or gave a minimum monetary donation of $15 instead.

Every single toy and all proceeds from the event go directly to kids in the county's foster care system, from newborns to 18-year-olds.

After filling up their bellies with a complimentary "thank you" lunch and packing up their loads of brand new dolls, balls, stuffed animals, scooters, games and more, onto their bikes, riders took the toys on a cruise through the county, with the official toy run ending at the Henderson County Courthouse.

There, one by one, the bikers and drivers walk up to place their donation on the courthouse steps. Each year, it is a sight to see.

This year's toy run held another special meaning, as slain Henderson County Deputy Ryan Hendrix was honored, along with Lt. Terry "Elvi" Foster.

The event was also in loving memory of former CMA President Mark Quinn and social worker Arline Foster.

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In an effort to raise more funds, event organizers also had door prizes and 50/50 raffle tickets.

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