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Wanda Reeds donation gets Toy Ride off to quick start
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This year’s Warren County Toy Ride is zooming out of the gate thanks to a generous donation from Wanda Reed.
Wanda and her husband, Boyd Reed, have donated over 25 boxes of toys to get the bikers off to a fast start for their holiday donations.
“I started collecting them last year right after Christmas,” said Wanda. “I’ll go around to anyone who has extra toys and pick them up. If anything is broken, my husband and his brother Ernie will fix them up, and if anything needs batteries, we make sure it has batteries. I feel like this is something I needed to do for the children of Warren County.”
Wanda brought all the toys to the office of Rob Wolford, one of the founding members of the Warren County Toy Ride.
“I didn’t want what she’s done to go unnoticed,” said Wolford. “I wanted the people of Warren County to know about it.”
Added Jack Feingold, another founding member, “This lady is doing miracles.”
The Warren County Toy Ride has raised over $20,000 twice during its 13-year history. This year will be the 14th ride. It traditionally generates $17,000 to $18,000. That money is used to buy toys which are donated to the Rescue Squad for its annual Toy Drive.
The Toy Ride is set for Saturday, Dec. 8. It is scheduled to leave the Big Lots parking lot around noon and take its traditional route to downtown McMinnville, then down Sparta Street to the VFW.
“You don’t have to have a motorcycle to ride,” said Feingold.
Added Wolford, “For years we’ve been trying to encourage more hot-rodders to participate and last year they did.”
Reed says she will once again begin collecting toys to give to the Toy Ride next year. She asks for everyone to keep her in mind, especially right after Christmas.
“Christmas is a time when a lot of new toys come in and some old toys go out,” said Reed. “So to the people of Warren County who need their old toys to be picked up, give me a call and I’ll pick them up.”
Reed says she can be reached at 273-6232.