ARCANUM— In collaboration with Hogg Shop, of Arcanum, The Hiram’s Legacy Chapter of the Widow Son’s will hold its 2nd Annual Hiram’s Legacy Toy Run on Saturday, Aug. 27.
The inaugural event was inspired by Jason Claywell, a chapter member who spent most of his childhood in and out of children’s hospitals.
“He brought the idea to us last year and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to do a toy run,'” Joshua Preston, President of Hiram’s Legacy said. “We thought it was a good idea, everybody agreed on it and we rolled with it last year.”
While only in its first year, the toy run raised around $4,000 and donated over 1,000 toys last year for kids in Dayton Children’s Hospital and the Dayton Shriner’s Hospital burn unit.
In order to collect funds and toys for this year’s toy run, Hiram’s Legacy teamed up with several local businesses that allow them to leave blue barrels at their locations for people to donate toys or cash. The chapter also holds donation days throughout the summer in Greenville, where anyone can come by and drop off toys or funds. Toys donated must be new, tagged.
While it takes a bit of work to collect thousands of dollars and toys, Preston said it’s all worth it once you see who it goes to.
“You know, I’m a big scary biker, but when you see what you did, it brought tears to my eyes,” Preston said. “Because we brought so many toys down [last year], they had to spread them out between three hospitals, because it was so overwhelming.”
Donation locations include Zegun Arms, of Greenville; Biker’s Closet, of Piqua; MPower Gym, of Vandalia; Hogg Shop, of Arcanum; Black Diamond Motors, of Piqua and Buckeye Harley-Davidson, of Vandalia.
The next donation day will be on Saturday, July 23, at Francis Furniture, in Greenville, Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Hiram’s Legacy Toy Run is on Saturday, Aug. 27, registration is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., toy run starts at noon. Registration is $10 or a $10 new, tagged toy, $20 for couples. Meet at 20 1/2 George St., Arcanum, Ohio. The Toy Run ends at 107 E. 1st St., Dayton, Ohio. For more information go to the Hiram’s Legacy Facebook Page.