RED SPRINGS — In 1999, two Red Springs couples wanted to do something for needy children at Christmas.
In the intervening years, Bob and Elnora Hollingsworth along with Tommy and Becky Lewis have done that and more. The group has organized a fundraiser that has put toys in the hands of thousands of area children.
The effort will returns weekend. Today, the annual Red Springs Toy Run will get started at the Red Springs Fire Department.
“I’ve been told that the Red Springs Toy Run is one of the largest such events in Southeastern North Carolina,” Bob Hollingsworth said.
Riders will meet at the Red Springs Fire Department at 9 a.m. and kick stands will go up at 11 a.m. The bike run is escorted by police through each county.
The bikers ride from Red Springs to Pembroke, then up U.S. 74 to Laurinburg. In Laurinburg there is a stop at Golden Corral to take a break.
“The restaurant hosts us for nothing, which is great,” Hollingsworth said. “We stay there about 30 minutes before moving on.”
Hollingsworth said that the toys are given to the police departments in Red Springs, Lumberton, Laurinburg, Pembroke, Raeford, as well as the Department of Social Services in Lumberton. The community delivers the toys to the children.
“We can’t solve the problems of the world,” Hollingsworth said, “but we can make sure that a kid gets something for Christmas.”
For information, call Bob or Elnora Hollingsworth a, 910-734-3903, or 910-843-9991 or Tommy Lewis at 910-733-3467.