Riding for the children

By | November 27, 2002 12:00 am

Landon Dickerson
For the last few years now Dan Lafever has been riding his Harley with a purpose.
He and his friends make up the family-oriented Cumberland Valley Harley Riders, and they have been supporting the local YMCA by riding for charity.
The project is appropriately labeled as “Toy Runs”, and they collect food, toys, and cash for those in need over the holiday season.
They also ride to support the Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides food for the elderly.
On average, they have about 50-75 riders. However, in good weather Lafever expects over 100.
The first year they encountered snow and the second some cold rain, so Lafever explains, “I’m hoping for some sunshine”.
The ride begins, with a police escort, at Dan’s Harley Davidson shop, on McMinnville Highway, and continues into Sparta, along Bockman way and finishes at the YMCA.
Lafever added that Santa on a Harley would be on the ride with them.
Upon arrival at the YMCA, they will be greeted with hot chili and drinks.
All the items collected are gathered at the YMCA for them to distribute, and Lafever calls “the YMCA are the heroes, they do this all year”.
Lafever continued, “The Sparta YMCA does more than any organization for the White County area, and Richard (Minchey) and the gang are nothing but good people.”
The effort is not limited to the ride, however.
David Eastes, manager at Wal-Mart, has allowed Lafever and his group to set up in front of the store the day after Thanksgiving.
They will collect food, new toys and cash donations and will be there all day.
Lafever encourages everyone to come out and support them on Nov. 29 at Wal-Mart. He also wants everyone to know the ride is not limited to Harley-riders only. All motorcycles and trikes are welcome to ride.
They will line up at his shop at noon Nov. 30 and will leave at 1 p.m.
The group rides in all weather conditions and encourages anyone interested to join them in the cause.
Anyone who would like to in donate to “Toy Runs” can either drop the donation at Dan’s Shop or the Sparta YMCA.
The donations can be canned foods, food baskets, new toys or cash donations.

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