This past Sunday, December 4, was anything but warm and sunny. Cold and rainy weather had finally made its way to Georgia – but just in time for the LaGrange Chapter of the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club (ICMC) to participate in their 34th Annual ICMC Toys 4 Tots Ride, along with the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, Chapter 275.
Joining up with other ICMC chapters (including South Atlanta, Newnan, Columbus, Macon, and more), the motorcyclists began their rainy ride at the Columbus Civic Center, the location for the toy collection. From there, they made their way to Flat Rock Park where raffle items were auctioned, food was served, and supporters brought more toys.
Raymond Brundage, member of ICMC’s LaGrange Chapter, said that in previous years, when the weather was better, the ride had included 10 times as many participants. However, despite a lower number of motorcycle riders, the toy donations reached milestone statistics. After 20 years of partnering with ICMC’s Toys 4 Tots Ride, the Valley Rescue Mission (VRM) was excited about this year’s donation collection. Their President/CEO, Rhonda Mobley, said that even though they expected the weather to put a damper on the event, this was “an awesome turnout”.
Along with gift cards and money, a variety of toys for girls and boys of all ages were donated and piled in boxes upon boxes for VRM to later distribute to children in need this Christmas season.
Craig Birch, member of ICMC’s Columbus Chapter, called this year’s Toys 4 Tots ride “hardcore”. The weather made the event anything but easy, but after Birch had already ridden 90 miles for children in need, he knew that cold weather shouldn’t and wouldn’t stop the spirit of the cause.
The holiday season reminds everyone to give back to others, even if that means giving up a warm, dry morning indoors to drive in the cold rain – all in the name of raising money and gathering toys for children who need a little extra Christmas cheer. ICMC understands that Christmas is a selfless season meant to serve others, and it is because of these motorcycle riders’giving hearts that LaGrange thanks its local ICMC chapter for sharing the community’s message of love and outreach during the most wonderful time of the year.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer