By Anna Denson
Article also available at The Mountaineer
REACH of Haywood County, a local non-profit serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse, has received a generous donation from this year’s annual Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run.
The parade, which took place for the 24th year on November 14th, saw over 800 decorated motorcycles make the drive through Canton, Clyde, Balsam, Waynesville, and Maggie Valley. The event is associated with Blue Ridge Thunder, a local organization of motorcycle enthusiasts, and raises money to benefit the children of Haywood County.
REACH receives a portion of the proceeds to help support the children in their emergency shelter. The Toy Run has been making this annual contribution for many years now, and REACH is grateful for their continued support. This year’s $1600 donation was particularly generous, and in the past five years alone, the well-wishing bikers have given nearly $7000.
Want to follow the Toy Run’s good example? You too can donate to REACH here at our website, or by mailing a check to PO Box 206, Waynesville, NC 28786.