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Modified Food And Toy Run Brings Christmas to Hundreds

It was the 29th Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run which is usually a seven mile motorcycle ride through the streets of Nevada City and Grass Valley from the Rood Center to the Fairgrounds. But this year, with a COVID restrictions in place, and a stay at home order in effect in Nevada County, the ride was done unofficially and the route also changed a bit. Organizer Thom Staser and a much smaller number of bikes followed all the rules of the road as they wound there way from the Rood Center to the Interfaith Food Ministry distribution site near the bowling alley in Grass Valley.

Listen to Thom Staser

A majority of riders arriving at start of the ride just minutes before pushing off again for the short ride to Grass Valley. Some had come before, and some were new.

Listen to Participants

The group of riders broke into smaller groups that were separated by stops at traffic lights. The entire ride lasted just under 40 minutes.

Listen to Rider

Once at Interfaith Food Ministry, bikes rolled through an assembly line of volunteers. Staser says that was another new element this year.

Listen to Thom Staser

Over 400 families benefitted from the food and toys generated by the riders and other donations collected throughout the community.

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