The United States Marine Corps Reserve held their Toys for Tots Piney Woods Toy Run on Nov. 30, at the VFW Post 4709 in Conroe.
The Toy Run involved a motorcycle ride that started at Borski’s Tavern in Willis and ended at VFW Post 4709.
The Piney Woods Toy Run involves seven counties, including Montgomery, Liberty, Walker and Polk Counties, and it was started ten years ago.
“A bunch of us got together and just decided to start something for the kids, for needy children, and this is how it’s ending up,” said Jeanne Benge, who help start the Piney Woods Toy Run with a few others. We put boxes out throughout the community, we do that for seven counties, it’s not just Montgomery County.”
Benge said they work very closely with the Marines because it is their function.
“We’re like their sub from the marines, and we just strive every year to get a bigger and better year,” said Benge.
Sonya Fitzhugh, also one of the organizers of the Toys for Tots Piney Woods Toy Run, oversees the Toy Run in Polk County.
“It is also overseen by the Salvation Army, so I mean it really is strategically, and you know that 96 percent of their donations really go to everything that they are involved in,” said Fitzhugh.
Benge said they’ll give three toys to every child, and they have anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 children in Montgomery County they give to every year.
Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable Philip Cash and some of his staff provided an escort of the motorcycle riders from Borski’s to VFW Post 4709 on Nov. 30.
“He’s a really good friend of ours, Philip Cash and his wife, and they will support us. They will come and do our escort for our bikes,” said Benge.
Constable Cash said he’s been participating in this for years, even before he was Constable.
“It’s a good program, it’s nationwide. It helps these poor kids, and the Marine Corps Reserve has been putting this on, and it’s an excellent program,” said Cash. We were able to provide an escort today with Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 Constables, to get the group (bike riders) here to the VFW Hall here in Conroe to support this event, and it’s going to be a good year.”
Jeanne Benge said they’ll start delivering the toys to the kids on Dec. 14.
“We’ll start in the Cleveland/Livingston area, and there’s a church that we’ll meet at in Cleveland, and they give us the names, the people come, and we hand out toys to them,” said Benge.