Truckers for Kids Set for Dec. 8

An annual event to collect toys for area children during the holiday season will take place once again next month.

The “Truckers for Kids” toy run is set for Saturday, December 8 in Stephens County.

This is the 18th annual toy run to collect toys, clothes, baby items, and more for children and families in need in northeast Georgia.

Organizer Bear Weaver said it has grown each and every year.

“We started with 12 trucks and then in 1998, we went up to 75 trucks and it has been growing every year,” said Weaver.

Weaver went on to say that everything will get started during the afternoon of December 8 at Stephens County High School.

“Drivers come to the Stephens County High School parking lot and they will start staging their trucks and getting them dressed up in their nighttime lights there at the high school,” said Weaver. “We have had some really outstanding drivers do a job on their lights over the years.”

Weaver said people are welcome to come out during the afternoon hours, especially between around 3:30 and 6 p.m., on December 8 to the high school, look at the trucks, and talk to the drivers prior to the run. Also, they will be accepting donations of toys at that time.

At around dark on December 8, the trucks will leave Stephens County High School and travel up Big A Road to Currahee Street, then down Currahee to Broad Street, up Broad Street to Highway 145, then onto Rose Lane, and back to Stephens County High School.

As for drivers, Weaver said it is easy to participate.

“All they need to do is show up at the Stephens County High School and bring four toys, two for a boy and two for a girl, unwrapped,” said Weaver. “We have a minimum of $10 per toy or $40 for an entry fee.”

For more information on the run, call Weaver at 706-491-3711.