Jeremy Gaston/Herald-Chronicle
A Boozefighters member stacks toys into an overflowing pile of toys at Four Corners Steakhouse and Lounge Saturday, almost three times what was collected last year.

Jeremy Gaston
| Editor

OVERBROOK—The Eighth Annual Osage County Toy Run continued its tradition of providing more for the families of Osage County this Christmas.

“We had $2,600 in cash and checks, and we had a ton of toys,” said Kenna Burns, Osage County Coordinator for the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN).

The ride, organized by the Flint Hills Chapter 49 of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, brought in about as much cash as last year, along with three times as many toys, making this the most productive year yet.

“I think there was a lot more community outpouring,” Burn said. “They tried a different approach, put out boxes in places throughout the county.”

Members of the community placed toys in boxes at area stores, accounting for a large part of the donate toys. The Boozefighters, however, still brought a lot to the table.

The ride gathered at Conrad’s, in Overbrook, then headed down U.S. Highway 56 en mass on the way to Four Corners Steakhouse and Lounge at the junction of U.S. 56 and U.S. 75. There, the drawings for around 500 raffle tickets, 50/50 cash drawing and numerous auction items took place.

The auction items drew big money for the cause, including $250 for a hand-made, three-foot wide Harley Davidson sign made by Chapter 49 President Craig “Kegger” Klingbeil, and $175 for a new set of tires from Grasshopper Custom Paint, in Topeka.

The 50/50 cash drawing also raised over $300, following the return of the winnings. In all, the total of cash, check and toy donations was well over $5,000, surpassing last year’s $3,700 total.

“Seventy-five percent, if not more, of our donations are based on the Boozefighers toy run every year,” Burns said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to help as many families each year.”

As of Tuesday, ECKAN had received 112 applications for assistance from Osage County families, and will continue to take applications through Friday.

ECKAN continues to accept toys, food and monetary donations through the holiday season. Individuals and organization may also choose to sponsor a family. To apply, or donate, contact ECKAN at (785) 528-5184.