9th Annual Christmas in July Toy Run for Dukes Children's Hospital & Miracle Network

This past Saturday; DH, some of his buddies, and I grabbed our helmets, hopped on motorcycles and
 participated in the 9th Annual Christmas in July Toy Run for Duke Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network. The cost was a new toy, $15 for the rider, $10 for the passenger and all proceeds were donated to the Children's Miracle Network.


We met at IHOP, had breakfast and rode to M & M leather, the starting point of our journey, which would begin at  10 a.m..When we arrived, about 9 a.m., there were motorcycles and people galore and more were coming in!






 There was a local DJ from 96.5 there, drinks, and raffles. They even auctioned off a few things. One in particular stuck in my mind. There was a handmade wooden rocking motorcycle, the auction began, it went so fast and finally the bid closed. It was sold to a couple for $700 and this very generous couple turned around and donated it back to the children.  It tugged at my heartstrings.

At 9:55, they announced that all riders and passengers head to their bikes. Three minutes later, start your engines came bellowing from the speakers. All at once the rumble filled the air, it was deafening and exhilarating!
With riders mounted, the procession began, and leading the way was the Cumberland County Sheriffs Departments Motorcycle Unit, about 5 of them. These police officers would escort us all the way. Our route took us through Lillington, Holly Springs, Apex, just to name a few. All traffic is stopped until we pass, except those few dumb you know whats that started to pull out. (Lets just say some not so nice words came out of my mouth when one started to pull out in front of us!!) All along the way there were people who had come out to see what all the noise was, they took pictures, and waved.

(taken from the back of the bike,bikes as far as the I could see)

Almost two hours later we arrived, we pulled into the parking garage next to the hospital, where Texas Roadhouse  had step up lunch for us. After eating all riders were asked to head to the lobby of the hospital. (Unfortunately, DH and I had an emergency back home so we didn't get to participate in this part) How is unfolded from a friend: The participants formed a human chain from the lobby outside to the truck holding all the toys. Each toy was taken off the truck and passed from one person to the other. They were then handed off to the staff who delivered them to the children. They presented the proceeds and it was over. 


 All in all, it was a great experience, that we will participate in for as long as they have it!
     

Enjoy your day,
♡ Tina ♡



PLACES I LIKE TO PARTY!! 
{SUNDAY: sunday's best party @ my 1929 charmer; bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive; share it one more time @ one more time events}  {MONDAY: make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house} {TUESDAY: nifty thrifty tuesday @ coastal charm; tasty tuesday @ the comforts of home} {WEDNESDAY: what we accomplished wednesday @ green willow pond; party on the porch @ the shady porch} {THURSDAY:} {FRIDAY: be inspired friday @ common ground} {SATURDAY: saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes}      

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