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Nevada County Food & Toy Run 2015

Darn near a quarter century, the 24th Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run takes to the streets, rain or shine, on Saturday, Dec.12th, 2015. Bikes and riders assemble at the Eric Rood Center, Nevada County’s Government Center (directions here), beginning at 9:30 a.m. for free coffee and donuts. If you haven’t pre-ordered your Anniversary Toy Run shirts, you’ll be able to buy your shirt here, along with the coveted collectible ride pins!

The procession begins promptly at Noon, escorted front and rear by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy’s. CHP will block off all county roads while Nevada City and Grass Valley police departments will block off all streets converging on the route through both towns, aided by the Sheriff’s Volunteers and Search and Rescue. The Ride takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete, ending at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Streets are lined with spectators estimated by the Sheriff’s Department to number as many as 11,000 to13,000 people.

Be Safe!

The Toy Run is a safe, family motorcycle run and is supported by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Nevada City and Grass Valley City Councils, and all four branches of law enforcement. We ask that all riders and passengers wear helmets, refrain from throwing candy and obey the posted speed laws through the towns.

If all these rules are followed, we can continue to offer the best Toy Run in Nevada County free of charge to all riders! This insures that the bulk of all money raised goes to buying food and ensuring that the Toy Run has enough resources to make it though the year.

Toys for the Kids

Please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item. Please bring UNWRAPPED gifts as they are sorted by the volunteers at the Fairgrounds according to age categories.  Remember, we need toys for 12-16 year old kids too!

We are the first Toy Run to bring the families and children out to the event so riders could see exactly to whom their money and toys went to.  You can actually watch your gift be chosen! We also need sponsors – contact us for details. The families who benefit are from the Nevada County Head Start Program, Big Brothers – Big Sisters, and low income families from Nevada County.

Since it never rains on the Toy Run, it is always on! We hope to see all of you there and having a great time.

Summer Tease and Pick-Up Party

Okay, its a typo. What we mean is that we gotcha covered with a first edition Nevada County Food & Toy Run Summer Tank Shirt to hold you over until our annual run on December 13, 2014. We want you well-dressed all year, plus we’re making party out of this Tank event!

For the first time, the Toy Run will be offering sleeveless tank shirts in two colors; a pigment-dyed dark blue and a faded barn red for $25 each.  Sizes S – XXXL.   LIMITED QUANTITIES and PRE-ORDER ONLY.

Why are we having a summer tank sale?

Because you’ve been bugging us for summer tanks for too long!! Plus, each year the Nevada County Food & Toy Run feeds hundreds of local families and provides toys for kids who may otherwise receive none. Tanks and T-shirts are just one way we raise money to accomplish this huge task every December. And remember, your donation is tax deductable!

Here’s how to get yours:
  1. PayPal Donation – hit the orange donate button on the side bar of our website. Tank shirts are $25 each. Give us your contact info, shirt color and size – that’s the important part. (Add $7 if you can not make the Pick-Up Party so we can mail your shirts.)
  2. Snail Mail Donation – make checks out to: Nevada County Food and Toy Run, P.O. Box 549, Nevada City, CA. 95959
THEN JOIN US FOR A PICK-UP PARTY! Get $1 off your first beer with your tank Shirt!
12PM – 4PM, SATURDAY JUNE 28, 2014 @
124 Argall Way
Nevada City, CA 95959
Can’t Make the Pick-Up Party?

We can mail shirts for an extra $7 for two.  We will need a name, mailing address, phone number or e-mail address and shirt size.

Tanks Bikers!

Runner Up in Best of Nevada County

The Union today published their yearly announcement of “Nevada County’s Best of 2011”. Coming in as ‘Runner Up’ in the category of “Best Charitable Event of the Year” was, wait… Nevada County Food and Toy Run!

Yes, I thought the fix might have been in, but was assured by Union Publisher, Jeff Ackerman, that all was legit! We don’t know who to thank, except you, who have supported us and have ridden in the Run. Today, runner up… tomorrow, the World!
Thanks again to everyone who voted for us ~
Thom, NC Food & Toy Run Founder

Toy Run featured in The Union 2011

Toy Run featured in The Union 2011

Thom Staser never intended to be a leather-wearing Santa Claus.

All he really wanted to do 20 years ago was have the freedom to choose whether or not to wear a helmet when he rode his motorcycle along California’s streets, roads and highways.

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LaMalfa Honors Nevada County Toy Run on 20th Anniversary

Official Press Release – November 15, 2011

official resolution document
Senator LaMalfa (shown left below) presented Thom Staser, CEO and Founder of the Nevada County Food & Toy Run, with a Senate Resolution to commemorate the Toy Run’s 20th Anniversary.  For the last 20 years the Nevada County Food and Toy Run has been able to provide donated food and gifts to families in need during the Christmas season.

“It is great to see organizations like the Nevada County Food & Toy Run spread holiday cheer by taking part in the gift of giving,” Senator LaMalfa stated.

This year the Toy Run will be taking place on Saturday, December 10th at noon. As tradition, motorcyclists will ride from the Eric Rood Building to the Nevada County Fairgrounds to deliver toys for children and food for families.

I hope the Food & Toy Run will continue to touch the lives of those in need for another 20 years, concluded LaMalfa.

20th anniversary for the Nevada Food & Toy Run
(Senator Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the fourth Senate District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Sutter, Del Norte, Placer, Trinity, Yuba and Nevada counties).

Plan ahead – Toy Run route map

Every year there are a few people who complain about blocked intersections and having to wait for the bikes to pass before they can get where they’re going. Now is the time to plan an alternative route around the procession or avoid the area altogether between noon and 1pm.

Remember, it’s a charity event that benefits so many people in our area and surely we can all afford a one hour inconvenience. Better yet, buy a toy, take it to the fairgrounds and join in the fun! (click on map for larger view)