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Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run (DCMTR) started out as an idea in May of 2016 with a small group of members that were dedicated and determined to find a way to raise money for the underprivileged children in Dare County. Along with this strong desire to serve our community came a love of riding motorcycles so, with that love of children and the freedom of riding came the conception of a Motorcycle Toy Run.
Unlike the 9 months it takes to carry a child, we were touched by the hand of God and the birth of this project came to fruition in September of 2016 (4 months later). There would have been no other way that we could have put together a community sponsored toy run in such a short amount of time unless it was truly blessed by God himself. As with all groups there are some that do more than other but, their names will remain anonymous as they would not like to be singled out. Our belief as a whole is that ALL gifts that are given in secret are more precious than if it is known who the giver is.
We received our nonprofit status on November 16, 2016 and the contributions started rolling in. On September 4, 2016 we had built a larger board member base, had T-shirts printed up, and were set up at Vertigo Tattoo in Manns Harbor, NC taking registrations plus a toy from approximately 95 bikers. We had a police escort from Vertigo Tattoo to Longboards with a stop at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and a stop at Lucky 12 Tavern on our way for a photo opportunities. When all was said and done, we had raised $10,737.93 and about $2,000 worth of toys. After all of our obligations were paid, we were able to donate $7,500 to the Outer Banks Women’s Club for the Angel Gift Program and we donated the toys to Toys for Tots to be distributed to children throughout the county to include Hatteras and East Lake.
To show our appreciation to the Police Departments throughout Dare County who supported us during our Toy Run, plaques were made and given to a representative of the police department at the Board of Commissioners meetings for Dare County, Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk. Their support made our ride go so much more smoothly and without incident that we were extremely grateful and hoped they would support us in the years to come. Because, by this time, we knew we would be doing this for many years to come.
Then the nurturing began. The first year flowed so smoothly that we knew that we would have to work harder the second year but, much to our surprise, business owners and individuals were asking to get their names on our T-shirts for a nominal fee of course. So, someone in our group had a wonderful idea and thought it would be great to have a poker run sometime during the summer so, once again, here we go. On June 10, 2017 we started out at Vertigo Tattoo stopping at TL’s Restaurant, Mulligans Bar & Grill, Lucky 12’s Tavern, Jolly Roger’s Restaurant, BK Shuckers and ending back at Vertigo Tattoo. This added to our 2017 DCMTR contributions.
Before we knew it, it was time for the Toy Run again and….we were ready! Blessed again beyond our own comprehension, we had decided that the DCMTR would be held each year on the 4th Saturday in September so, on September 23, 2017 we started out again, with 138 motorcycles and 160 registered riders, from Vertigo Tattoo ending up this time, with a police escort, at BK Shuckers with a stop at Bodie Island Lighthouse and Lucky 12 Tavern for photo opportunities. This year when we paid all of our startup expenses we had raised $24,494.87 and about $4,000 worth of toys. We donated $14,000 to the Dare County Social Services program for underprivileged children and the toys along with $4,500 was given to the Source Church for their children’s program.
We have outstanding board members and volunteers that are committed to this nonprofit organization so we have a few more goals in mind. The first goal that we will be working on is to start 3 educational scholarships. One for Dare County mainland and Roanoke Island, the second for the Northern Beaches and the third is for Hatteras Island. We have high expectations and know that if we “….ask, it will be given….”.