What We Do…
The Toy Run benefits MHMR of Tarrant County & Christian Community Action, where the toys are distributed to hundreds of underprivileged and challenged children all over the Metroplex. All monies collected are earmarked for educational needs & recreational use only.
“A Brief History”
The “Tampa diggers” Toy Run began in 1986 and benefitted the Crossroads Development Center of Haltom City.
There were 209 bikes and 247 participants in that first Toy Run. 82 children were given gifts and the run began at The Harley Center in Arlington and DM Best in Fort Worth. The bikes then met at Diggers in Fort Worth and traveled to Haltom High to meet the children.
The name was officially changed to the Tarrant County Toy Run in 1987.
In the year 2000, the legal name was to the Tarrant/Dallas County Toy Run to honor Dallas County’s contribution and include our 5013C (non-profit) status. We then adopted the name “THE BIG TEXAS TOY RUN” since that’s what everybody in this great state calls it.
Sara Louise “Pepper” Turner Pepper.jpg (117445 bytes) Oct 4, 1959 – Sept 1, 1992
In 1986, Sara “Pepper” Turner was working at Crossroads Development Center, a small private group home for mentally retarded children. She became involved in her local ABATE group (which later became a TAMPA chapter), and her chapter wanted suggestions for a Christmas project. She knew immediately that she wanted the group to “do something for my kids”.
Over the next 16 years, through the hard work of many special people, that one idea of hers has blossumed and grown into Texas Biggest Toy Run and has helped thousands of children to have a truly special Christmas.
Pepper had a wonderful, giving spirit and is missed by all who knew her. She freely gave her genuine, un-selfish love to so many children throughout her career. This run is a perfect example that one person who cares can really make a difference in this world. Her family and friends are very proud of her part in all of this, but we’re sure Pepper is just as proud of each and every one of you for continuing to care about “her kids” by demonstrating your support each year with your presence and generousity.
God Bless You All,
The family of “Pepper” Turner
One of a Kind
This run is one of a kind, it has no official sponsorship from any source and is the only run in the United States to organize in two cities simultaneously and converge in one place. In addition this run is truly unique in that no one group of motorcyclists organizes and executes this event, it is a cooperative effort of independents, clubs and organizations from all walks of the Biking Community, and we appreciate everyone one of you!
“Rain or Shine”
“This is a rain or shine event” is a saying that is proudly displayed on our event flyer. The reason is simple…Santa has to come at Christmas. It’s that simple. Motorcyclists over the years have not only braved the seasonal cold, but also, in the case of the 10th years run, faced a sleet storm. That year, to the amazement of the organizers 5,000 motorcycles and approximately 8,000 people were present. This shows the love and dedication the participants have for the groups and especially the children we benefit.
“It’s not just for Christmas Anymore”
Now you and your group can
“Help Us Help The Kids”
Throughout the year!!
The incredible amount of participants who attend this event yearly proves the committment of local motorcyclists to our cause. However, “Our Kids” need your involvement to enjoy recreational and educational services year round.
We encourage all individuals, groups and organizations to consider our cause when planning their charitable fund-raising events. After all, this charity was conceived, is produced and administrated by bikers. We hope you will consider these good reasons to think of “Our Kids” to benefit from your contributions and efforts.
If you, your group or business are interested in planning an event to benefit or underwrite a portion of the run or it’s activities, please contact us at 817-460-5497 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.