The ride is in partnership with the Sheriff's Fight Crime Invest In Kids Campaign. This campaign focuses on interacting with children at an early age and making a positive impression upon them.
"Research shows that interaction with our youth at an early age can reduce crime, can cause children to succeed in school and avoid juvenile crime," said Box. "As an example, at-risk children who did not participate in a high-quality early education program were five times more likely to be to be chronic offenders by the age of 27 than those who did attend and 86 percent more likely to be sentenced to jail or prison by the age of 40. The Dyer County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to interacting with our youth at an early age to attempt to make a positive influence in their future with drug education awareness programs, the Lunch with Kids Mentoring programs, and the Dyer County Sheriff's Toy Run further promotes that positive influence and interaction with at-risk children by providing them with a Christmas gift during this holiday season."
Riders will meet at the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 401 East Cedar St. in Dyersburg to drop the toys off there. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. as the riders leave Dyersburg and travel to Gatewood Customs in Caruthersville, Mo. to the Jerry Fowler Cancer Benefit. Fowler is the president of the Boogaloo Riders Club and has been a part of many charities and benefits in the Dyersburg area for the past 20 years.
"We would like to encourage everyone to participate in the toy run as well as the cancer benefit for Jerry," said Carol Cumberland of Mid South Riders. "Everyone is welcome."
Each rider is asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl. Box also encourages those who are not able to join the riders to participate by dropping a toy off at the sheriff's office.
"Help us help the kids," said Box.