Celebrating 35 years of caring
Welcome to the home page of the Sturgis Toy Run!
A non-profit organization that holds an annual motorcycle rally & weekend long event in Sturgis MI every September. Our goal is to brighten Christmas for the less fortunate right here in St.Joseph County & surrounding areas. The Sturgis Toy Run makes this possible by teaming up with the Salvation Army to help distribute all September donations in time for Christmas.
For this years run, we had 125 bikes and just over 250 participants. Not bad considering we didn’t have land to use. We are still looking for land; we are talking to someone about land for next year, but are open to suggestions, we will follow up on all leads.
We received a sizeable donation from a gentleman in Edwardsburg “THANK YOU!!”
Also, a special “thank you” to Hillcrest, St. Joseph County Sheriffs Department, and the following police agencies: Sturgis, White Pigeon, Three Rivers, Colon and Burr Oak. And to the people who blocked roads for our run. We couldn’t have done this without you.
Thank you to Hot’n Now, Hamilton Harley Davidson, Cottons Hardware, Buffalo Wings, J&J Discount, Wal Mart Mishlers, WBET, Sturgis Journal and Sturgis Hospital
One of our scheduled bands, Country Junkie, couldn’t make it, so Cold Call stepped up and got the job done, along with Stone Mosses. Great music!!
We are still taking donations, and as it happens every year, we are in need of newborn and teen gifts. Suggestions for teens: sports stuff, cologne, gift cards. We will be working with the Salvation Army again this year to distribute our toys, along with their food.
So how did it all begin? Back in 1983, five guys were in a fellow bikers’ garage working on a bike and drinking a few beers. The subject came up at one point about kids going without at Christmas time. “What could we do to help with the problem?”, somebody asked. Someone else came up with the idea of putting together a Toy Run. It would also help give a better image of local bikers. They kicked the idea around with their wives and from there, the Sturgis Toy Run was born.