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Carolina Billiards collects toys for local children: Christmas Motorcycle Toy Run is Sunday

Posted 11/28/19

Carolina Billiards is at it again with the 24th annual Christmas Motorcycle Toy Run to collect gifts for Wilson kids.

“I know what it is like for a kid to wake up on Christmas morning and not …

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Carolina Billiards collects toys for local children: Christmas Motorcycle Toy Run is Sunday

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Carolina Billiards is at it again with the 24th annual Christmas Motorcycle Toy Run to collect gifts for Wilson kids.

“I know what it is like for a kid to wake up on Christmas morning and not receive a toy, so I want to make sure area kids don’t experience that,” said owner Bill Houston.

The event kicks off at noon Sunday, and the cost of attending the event is a child’s toy valued around $10. While the 20-minute ride is geared toward motorcyclists, the event has branched out to include those who prefer four wheels and doors.

“If I get 50 motorcycles to participate, I’ll probably get another 250 others who come out to support it, but if it rains, we may not get that many participants,” Houston said.

Houston said he’s collected a wide variety of donations for door prizes and raffles.

“The items I get from our beer distributors are the big donation generators because people really want that neon light or mirror, a tent or a cooler with the distributors’ product on it,” he said. “We also have other donations like glassware, Crock-Pots and more. We’ll have two or three tables full of items.”

Carolina Eagle Distributing recently completed a large acquisition and did not participate in Houston’s summer toy run. He said that represented a huge loss, but he’s happy to say the company came through for the upcoming event.

“I called them and spoke with one of the general managers, and they were much more responsive,” he said. “Within about 20 minutes of getting off the phone with the manager, the owner of the company told me to come to Greenville and pick up some items.”

The Sunday event also will be a memorial ride in honor of Susan Wethington, one of the owners of B&J Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, who recently passed away.

For those who can’t attend this weekend, Houston will have a Toys for Tots box at his Airport Boulevard business for people to drop off donations until Dec. 15.

“Last year we got toys for close to 600 kids and purchased around 80 bicycles to be distributed through different organizations,” he said.

Carolina Billiards also is kicking off the My Wish List campaign to collect toiletries, socks and other items to be distributed to assisted living residents in Wilson. Call Carolina Billiards at 252-243-5316 to find out how to help.

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