For the Kids 2015

By: Dwayne Wilder
For the Kids 2015
For the 21st time, motorcycle enthusiasts and a few antique car collectors will brave whatever weather and ride around Sherman and Denison in the ‘For the Kids’ Toy Run.
“We don’t change much year to year,” said Stan Masson, one of the organizers. “We do what we can for the kids.”
He added that the organizers, volunteers and riders simply want ‘kids to have something for Christmas’ in this area. He noted that the run couldn’t be done if not for the volunteers.
The toy run with a theme of ‘Big Kids helping Little Kids’ is set for Dec. 6, Sunday, at Classic of Texoma Dealership 2020 US 75 North in Denison. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the run begins at 1 p.m.
According to Masson, the entry fee is one new unwrapped toy and two can goods or a minimum $10 donation. All proceeds go to the Grayson County Salvation Army. In addition, there will be a dinner at the Sherman Elks Lodge following the run for $8 per person.
“We are hoping to help some kids all year long, too,” said Masson. “In years past, we helped send kids to the Salvation Army summer camp. We gave them (the SA) some money and those kids got some memories for a lifetime.”
According to Salvation Army officials, the need is ‘great’ in 2015 for Texoma families and children. There are more than 3,000 families, which need help at Christmastime.
“The smiles on their parents’ faces say it all when the kids get those gifts,” said Major Don Wildish, GCSA Corps Pastor. “Thank you for caring.”
Masson estimated that there will be between 250-1500 riders depending on the weather. The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and local police departments will help with safety along the route. American Legion Post 231 in Pottsboro has been a big help as well, Masson added.
The group will do the same route they have been using for the last several years.
The 25 mile route will begin at the Classic of Texoma dealership in Denison on US 75 at 1 p.m. with riders going east on FM 84 to US 69 and turning south. The route will take them over the viaduct to Spur 503 where they will loop around to Texoma Parkway. Riders will go south to US 82 where they will turn east to Spur 1417 and go south to SH 56.
The route will follow turn right (west) SH 56 to SH 11; turn south and follow SH 11 to FM 1417. Finally, riders will turn west and make their way to the Sherman Elks Lodge about 1 mile.
“For the Kids” was started in 1995 by four local businessmen including Masson. That first toy run included 131 motorcycles, 29 vehicles and four postal trucks full of gifts/food. The group raised $2,300 was well. In the ensuing 20 years, the group has raised more than $350,000 for local children and families in addition to the gifts/food.
“We want every child in Grayson County to have a very happy holiday season,” said Masson. “And Merry Christmas from all of us ‘Big Kids’.”
At the rally, in addition, raffles for several items will be held and an auction. T-shirts, patches and pins will also be available, Masson said.
For more information, contact Masson at (903) 813-1311.

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