For the Kids 2016

By: Dwayne Wilder
“For the Kids” The ‘Big Kids’ are at it again……………..for the 22nd time. The annual “For the Kids” Toy Run will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 and benefit the Salvation Army of Grayson County. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Classic of Texoma in Denison with the Run taking off at 1 p.m. The bikes and cars will stop at the Sherman Elk’s Lodge on FM 1417 for barbecue and other activities . “We do this to help kids around here have a Christmas,” said Stan Masson, one of the originators of the event. “It makes us feel good to know that we make a difference. We’ve always said it’s ‘Big Kids Helping Little Kids’.” The entry fee for the Run is one unwrapped toy and two can goods or $10. Activities include a live auction, raffles, 50/50, patches, pins and t-shirts. According to Masson, the route will be the same as the past few years and will take about an hour. Riders will begin at Classic of Texoma and then take FM 84 to US 69 through Denison. The route will proceed south to Spur 503 and on to Texoma Parkway to Sherman. Entrees will take US 82 East to FM 1417 and on to SH 56 West. Riders will turn south on SH 11 back to FM 1417 and on to the Elk’s Lodge. “We never know how many there will be; it depends on the weather. We’ve had 1,500 and we’ve had 300,” explained Masson. “But somehow, we always have more than we expect. People are amazing.” There will be motorcycles and there will be vintage cars on that day, but there will also be a tinge of sadness. “It’s going to be different this year; I lost my Marquetta,” noted Masson referring to wife and FTK co-originator. “There have been a lot of little angels helping me this time. I’m thankful for all of them.” According to Masson, Marquetta was‘a rock’ both in marriage and with “For the Kids” over the years. She died two weeks after last year’s FTK. “It’s been really hard,” said Masson with tears welling up. “She did a whole lot. I miss her.” The Salvation Army presented plaques to both Stan and Marquetta in 2015 for their years of service to the event. There had been discussions of naming the event after Marquetta, but Stan explained that it would take the emphasis off what it was intended; and Marquetta wouldn’t have wanted that to happen.

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