Every December, residents of Cayman are treated to the sight of gleaming bikes, riding in formation along Cayman’s roads for a good cause.

This year marks the 11th annual Toys 4 Tots run, which gathers new, unwrapped gifts for children and distributes them at the Lions Centre at a party on Dec. 18.

“Just like the last few years, we are looking to collect a lot of toys,” said Keith Keller, president of the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association.

“We’ve always had a great response from the public, and these gifts make all the difference to the children who are less fortunate. I am urging everyone to contribute and help us make it a merry Christmas for these kids.”

All people have to do is buy new toys, dolls, electronics or games suitable for children of any age between toddler and 16, and donate them in barrels at The Book Nook, Atlantic Kids and Cost-U-Less. Subway is once again getting in on the effort, recognizing all the substitute Santas with a free cookie for anyone who donates. Corporate partner FLOW has collection boxes in all its stores, as well as Caribbean Alliance.

The collection process runs (like a Harley engine) until Dec. 15 at all locations, at which point the gifts will be gathered and sorted. They are then handed over to the Lions organization on Dec. 17 before the big party the next day.

Those interested in joining the island ride can register on Saturday at Cost-U-Less and at Atlantic Kids from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or at the Cayman Turtle Centre on Sunday at 10 a.m. The only entry fee is the donation of at least one toy.

The event package, which includes lunch, a raffle ticket and event pin, can pay an inclusive fee of $25 (CIMRA members) or $35 (non-members).

The official Toys 4 Tots run starts at the Cayman Turtle Centre on Sunday with “kickstands up” at 11 a.m. sharp.

For more information about the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association or Toys 4 Tots, call Keith Keller at 916-0088 or email [email protected] The association offers bike riding training classes and certs throughout the year.

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