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Rain cancels Christmas fundraiser

5:13 PM, Oct 28, 2012   |    comments
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The cold wind and rain cancelled events across East Tennessee Sunday, including the 21st annual Shiloh Rider's "Toy Run."

The motorcycle non-profit relies on the fundraiser to provide Christmas gifts to for around 1,600 children each year.

Organizers are worried they won't be able to give this year like they normally do without the event.

"We can control a lot of things but we can't control mother nature. And she's been good to us for 21 years," said event organizer, Jim White.

They have never had to cancel until this year. Organizers say the combination of rain and wind made it unsafe for riders.

"I really don't want y'all to be in any danger at all. So we're going to call the ride off," White announced to riders.

The Toy Run usually sees around 2,000 riders. The Shiloh Riders use their registration money to fund kids' Christmas presents who would otherwise go without, including hygiene items and clothing.

"Obviously with the weather, it's going to hurt us this year," White said.

The Shiloh Riders say they cannot reschedule due to logistics and planning that they work on all year, but they still have thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes and t-shirts to sell.

They hope to have alternative fundraisers in the coming weeks to make up for its losses. Check back with their website for information.


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