GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — There were two toy drives Saturday afternoon in the valley collecting donations for our community.
Outside Target, the Grand Junction SWAT Team wasn’t there for a crisis, but instead Christmas. Grand Junction Police Department has partnered with Toy for Tots, a non-profit that gives holiday gifts to kids in our community, and the SWAT team was at the mall accepting toy donations.
Heidi Davidson from GJPD says, “it’s been a really tough year for a lot of families, and it’s incredibly gratifying for us to be able to come out and see the supportive response of our community who answers that need.” She also says both vehicles were almost completely filled with toys, and families in need are able to apply to pick out presents at the Toys for Tots distribution center.
Toys for Tots is also partnering with the Salvation Army to make sure everyone in the community has a Happy Holiday.
Harley Owners Group, also known as “HOG,” gathered on Saturday morning at the Grand Junction Harley-Davidson for another toy drive. It was the 41st HOG Toy Run, and members were stuffing trucks with toys for the Salvation Army. The group also sold t-shirts, as well as raffled off a leather jacket, to raise money to buy more toys for children in need in our community.
However, the Toy Run looked a little different this year. About 800 motorcyclists usually meet up for a parade, but because of COVID, HOG thought it was safer to cancel the ride. Sharon Grant, HOG director, says, “it’s kind of a bummer, but we are still trying to carry the Christmas spirit, and we are asking people to still decorate their bikes, load them up with toys, grab a couple friends, and personalize your own Toy Run ride.”
Donations will be accepted through most of December at a Toys for Tot drop box, the Salvation Army, or the Grand Junction Harley-Davidson.