Have you ever seen a miracle? If not, strap on your boots and your helmet and head over to M & M Leather  and Custom Cycle on Saturday morning and take a ride. You’ll not only get to see a miracle, you’ll be part of making it happen.
    The annual Christmas in July Toy Run to Duke Children’s Hospital supports the Children’s Miracle Network, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 nonprofit hospitals throughout North America, serving more than 17 million children with all types of illnesses. Research funded by the Children’s Miracle Network helps give babies a chance for happier, healthier lives.
    The annual toy run has been a Fayetteville tradition for the past six years. Put together by Joe Cook and William Winford, associates at the Wal-Mart Logistics Distribution Center located in Hope Mills, the event has raised more than $6,000 in cash and toys since its start.
    For just $15 and a toy, you can be a part of the miracle. The registration money goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network, while the toys go to the children’s hospital to meet the needs of its patients. The gifts are used to fund the hospital’s “treasure chest” for the children. Items needed include: rattles, stackable rings, lullaby tapes/CDs, stack and sort blocks, musical toys, Legos, playing cards, dinosaurs, trains, Barbie dolls, Playdoh, journals, craft kits, disposable cameras, door basketball goals, gift cards for the playroom.{mosimage}
    Pre-registration for the event will be held Friday, July 18 at Legends on Bragg Boulevard from 6-8 p.m. Once you register, stay around for the Kick-Start Party. If you can’t make it over to Legends, you can register Saturday, July 19 at M & M Leather from 7:30-9:50 a.m. While waiting for the ride to start, participants can purchase raffle tickets and take part in an auction.
    At 9:50 a.m., the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department will give riders a safety brief prior to their departure. The ride will officially kick off at 10 a.m., with riders heading out Bragg Boulevard on their way to Durham.
Riders are expected to arrive at Duke University Children’s Hospital at noon, where they can enjoy a great lunch provided by Texas Roadhouse. At 1 p.m., the money and gifts will be presented to the hospital in a special ceremony that involves the families whose children are being treated at Duke. At 1:30 p.m., riders can head back down the road to Fayetteville.
    This year, as in past years, a cookout will be held at M&M Leather. There will be a 50/50 drawing, as well as drawings for various gifts and prizes. In addition to the great fun and prizes, there will also be some awesome entertainment, featuring Gasoline, Wicked Lizard and DD Productions.
    Corporate partners include: Double D Productions, JEB Designs, Legends, M&M Leather, Up & Coming Weekly, Texas Roadhouse, The Custom Edge, Inc. Wal-Mart Logistics TO 6840 and DC 6040 and Arctic Fox Video Production.

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