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Toys for Tots Ride kicks off campaign in Meridian

Posted: 6:02 PM, Nov 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-06 20:19:22-05

The goal for the Treasure Valley Toys for Tots Campaign is to provide every area child in need with a gift to open on Christmas morning.

The toy drive officially kicked off in Meridian Sunday with a display of motorcycle enthusiasts and U.S. Marines who are working hand-in-hand to bring joy to those who are less fortunate.

At least 150 riders signed up to take part in the 7th Annual Toys for Tots Ride. It started at High Desert Harley Davidson and ended at Quinn's Restaurant and Lounge in Boise.

All registration fees and toys collected will go directly to the cause.

"I don't want a child to wake up in the morning and not get a present, not have something to unwrap," said Dwight Murphy, a former Marine and one of the ride founders. "The Marine Corps has always provided that."

"I've known how it felt to not have a toy during Christmas... that's definitely something that a child, especially during this holiday season, needs to give them something to look forward to," said Capt. Marcus Ashby, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

New, unwrapped toys can now be dropped off at several locations throughout the Treasure Valley, just look for the Toys for Tots bins.

For more information, visit http://toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx .