Newton Kansan

A long parade route, which organizers hope is filled with motorcycles and classic cars, will be in store Sunday afternoon — but not the focus of the 28th annual Toy Run.

"You don't have to be a biker to donate to the cause," said Mike White while sitting with event organizers Monday morning.

The cause is toys for the annual Salvation Army Christmas program, which gives toys to families in need each Christmas.

Sunday will be the 28th Newton Annual Toy Run to benefit the Salvation Army. Lineup for the ride — which is open to all types of vehicles this year — starts at 1 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Center.

"My Goal is to make this fun enough that next year when people hear it is on, they will want to come out," said organizer Bill Ryan. "It needs to be a community event."

Santa will make an appearance before, during and after the parade.

The ride will head north through Newton on Old 81 to 12th Street, east to Spencer and conclude at the Whitesell-Finnell VFW, 1610 SE Third. Buttons for the ride, which include the opportunity to win $100 cash, are $2. A chili dinner will be served at the VFW for $4. There will be a fund-raiser auction at the VFW at 2 p.m.

"You don't have to partake of the parade, or the auction," Ryan said. "But you can drop off toys at any of the drop offs to support this."

To donate toys in advance of the event, drop them off at Those Blasted Signs, 302 N. Main; Community National Bank, 301 N. Main; and Midway Motors, 1200 Washington Road.