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Published: Sunday, 11/7/2010

Cruising for kids' toys

CTY toyrun08p  Grandfather Bill Daniels, of Temperance, Michigan, with his grandchildren Herbie, 4, and Shayla (cq) Haynes (cq), 7, both of Toledo, cruising. Santa Claus, Michael Wenzel (cq), of Toledo, founder and organizer of the 21st Annual Bikers of N.W. Ohio Toy Run, and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell lead about 1500 riders from the Toledo Speedway inToledo to the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee, Ohio on a benefit ride for children of Harbor. The ride was escorted by Lucas County Sheriff Department motorcycle officers who donated their time for the benefit. "Thank you to everyone who came out for the kids", says Jean Drees (cq), marketing director for Harbor, noting that Harbor is the largest provider of mental health services for children in northwest Ohio. The current poor economic situation in the area has added to the community's needs, as so many lives have been turned "upside down". Everybody needs help at some point, says Drees. Over the half dozen of so years which Harbor has been the Run's beneficiary, the organization has received net proceeds close to $80,000.  With the cash donations which they received today, Harbor tries to make the most from it by bargaining with local stores. Jetta Fraser/The Blade CTY toyrun08p Grandfather Bill Daniels, of Temperance, Michigan, with his grandchildren Herbie, 4, and Shayla (cq) Haynes (cq), 7, both of Toledo, cruising. Santa Claus, Michael Wenzel (cq), of Toledo, founder and organizer of the 21st Annual Bikers of N.W. Ohio Toy Run, and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell lead about 1500 riders from the Toledo Speedway inToledo to the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee, Ohio on a benefit ride for children of Harbor. The ride was escorted by Lucas County Sheriff Department motorcycle officers who donated their time for the benefit. "Thank you to everyone who came out for the kids", says Jean Drees (cq), marketing director for Harbor, noting that Harbor is the largest provider of mental health services for children in northwest Ohio. The current poor economic situation in the area has added to the community's needs, as so many lives have been turned "upside down". Everybody needs help at some point, says Drees. Over the half dozen of so years which Harbor has been the Run's beneficiary, the organization has received net proceeds close to $80,000. With the cash donations which they received today, Harbor tries to make the most from it by bargaining with local stores. Jetta Fraser/The Blade
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Bill Daniels walks as grandkids Herbie, 4, and Shayla Haynes, 7, ride in the 21st Annual Bikers of Northwest Ohio's Toy Run.


CTY toyrun08p   Michael Wenzel (cq), of Toledo, founder and organizer of the 21st Annual Bikers of N.W. Ohio Toy Run, left, Santa Claus, of the North Pole-and beyond-toy run, and Toledo mayor Mike Bell. Santa Claus, Michael Wenzel (cq), of Toledo, founder and organizer of the 21st Annual Bikers of N.W. Ohio Toy Run, and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell lead about 1500 riders from the Toledo Speedway inToledo to the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee, Ohio on a benefit ride for children of Harbor. The ride was escorted by Lucas County Sheriff Department motorcycle officers who donated their time for the benefit. "Thank you to everyone who came out for the kids", says Jean Drees (cq), marketing director for Harbor, noting that Harbor is the largest provider of mental health services for children in northwest Ohio. The current poor economic situation in the area has added to the community's needs, as so many lives have been turned "upside down". Everybody needs help at some point, says Drees. Over the half dozen of so years which Harbor has been the Run's beneficiary, the organization has received net proceeds close to $80,000.  With the cash donations which they received today, Harbor tries to make the most from it by bargaining with local stores. Jetta Fraser/The Blade CTY toyrun08p Michael Wenzel (cq), of Toledo, founder and organizer of the 21st Annual Bikers of N.W. Ohio Toy Run, left, Santa Claus, of the North Pole-and beyond-toy run, and Toledo mayor Mike Bell. Santa Claus, Michael Wenzel (cq), of Toledo, founder and organizer of the 21st Annual Bikers of N.W. Ohio Toy Run, and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell lead about 1500 riders from the Toledo Speedway inToledo to the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee, Ohio on a benefit ride for children of Harbor. The ride was escorted by Lucas County Sheriff Department motorcycle officers who donated their time for the benefit. "Thank you to everyone who came out for the kids", says Jean Drees (cq), marketing director for Harbor, noting that Harbor is the largest provider of mental health services for children in northwest Ohio. The current poor economic situation in the area has added to the community's needs, as so many lives have been turned "upside down". Everybody needs help at some point, says Drees. Over the half dozen of so years which Harbor has been the Run's beneficiary, the organization has received net proceeds close to $80,000. With the cash donations which they received today, Harbor tries to make the most from it by bargaining with local stores. Jetta Fraser/The Blade
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Santa is joined by Michael Wenzel, left, and Mayor Mike Bell.




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