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Ghost Rider toy drive for EHDA children starts this weekend at Walmart

John Thompson • Oct 30, 2018 at 7:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Every Christmas, the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency holds a Christmas party for all the children who live in its apartments. There is always a lot of fun and holiday treats, but the most important thing for the children is the presents Santa Claus himself hands to each boy and girl.

This special event would not be possible without the annual toy drive conducted by the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club. This year, the club will be conducting its annual toy drive on Nov. 3-4 and on Nov. 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each date at the Elizabethton Walmart.

This has been a tradition for several years and always culminates with the Christmas party. In that time, the club members have donated over $60,000 worth of toys, coats, clothes, bicycles and gift cards for the party. 

The housing agency said of the motorcycle club’s effort: “The generosity of these fine ladies and gentlemen has provided a merry Christmas for the kids for several years. The members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club approached the EHDA several years ago and asked if they could help with Christmas and EHDA activities. The members conduct a toy drive at the local Wal-Mart accepting toys and donations for the youth. After collecting all the donations, the members make the delivery to the housing agency.”

The EHDA hosts a party for the youths, including food, beverages, games and a special visit from Santa Claus to pass out the gifts to the children. Members of the Ghost Riders Club attend the party and help with all the festivities. The only requirement the Ghost Riders have is for everything to go to the children in the EHDA apartments and that all the children are able to attend the party and receive gifts.

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