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Friday, Dec 06 2013 10:21 AM

'First Look': Bakersfield Toy Run brings Christmas presents to families

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    Robert Laurin talks about the Bakersfield Toy Run on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Bakersfield Toy Run attracted about 7,000 people last year, making it the largest toy run in the state. That's what Robert Laurin of the toy run said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Big-hearted bikers have been putting together this toy run for 30 years and they expect even more attendees this year.

"It's really grown over the years and it's great because we have a lot of needy people in the community," Laurin said.

The value of the holiday toys, canned goods and cash raised over the past 30 years has been about $1 million.

Motorcyclists, classic car enthusiasts, ATV riders and off-roaders get together for a five-mile ride to the Kern County Fairgrounds from Beach Park, Laurin said.

The Salvation Army is a partner with the nonprofit and distributes the goods to more than 900 families.

Laurin said T-shirts and ride pins will be awarded for decorated bikes and other vehicles. There will also be live music, vendors and much more.

The ride starts at 7 a.m. at Beach Park. The parade to the Kern County Fairgrounds begins at 10 a.m. The party at the fairgrounds usually wraps up at about 2 p.m.

Admission is one new unwrapped child's toy for an infant to age 14 and two canned food items with a combined value of $20 or $20 cash.

"We are really short in girl gifts of ages 10 and 14 so think about what your teen would like, and head on over to help out," Laurin said.

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