ANDERSON COUNTY — The people who help make the annual Jack Hurley Anderson Toy Parade happen gave the Brighter Christmas Fund a big boost in its donations Saturday.
Robert “Lil’ Man” Fagg and others with the Confederate Motorcycle Club went to the Independent Mail offices Saturday morning and presented board members of the holiday charity with a $12,000 check. The money was raised by several motorcycle clubs, businesses and churches to benefit the Brighter Christmas Fund.
The single donation will help move the charity’s total for this year past $30,000.
The money was collected through the sale of raffle tickets and T-shirts at the annual toy parade, which took place Dec. 1. Between 3,000 and 4,000 motorcycles that gathered at the Watson Village Shopping Center in Anderson for the parade, Fagg said. They brought with them enough toys to fill up two large box trucks and six regular pickups. The toys are donated to Anderson Cares and Shares, which also helps children in need at Christmas.
“We had truck loads and truck loads of toys,” Fagg said. “It was a good day.”
The motorcycle parade has been an annual event in Anderson for 33 years. It is sponsored by the Confederate Motorcycle Club of Anderson, the Independent Mail and several other local motorcycle clubs.
“There are a lot of people who help with it,” Fagg said. “There is no way we could do this by ourselves.”
In 2012, about $12,000 was raised for the Brighter Christmas Fund at the Anderson Toy Parade, bringing the total raised by the charity for that year to more than $60,000.
More than 300 families have been helped by the Brighter Christmas Fund this year. The money raised through this year’s campaign will be used for families who apply for help next year.