BONUS CHALLENGE 2!
July 18, 2017
BENEFITING: CHICAGOLAND TOYS FOR TOTS MOTORCYCLE PARADE
"The World's Greatest Motorcycle Parade" is an annual event in Chicago on the first Sunday in December. WE ARE CELEBRATING 40 YEARS!!!!!!!!!
On December 13, 1978, Ed "Aminal" Wisniewski organized some friends to provide Christmas presents to underprivileged children in Chicago. The first parade had three participants, one motorcycle, and a van half-full of toys. By 2003, the parade had 40,000 motorcyclists. By 2012, there were 70,000 and the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Parade is now the largest motorcycle parade in the world, providing tens of thousands of children with brand-new presents for Christmas.
Fundraising efforts continue throughout the year to defer the cost of the parade itself and to purchase toys. Chicagoland Toys for Tots volunteers distribute these toys to individuals, group homes, shelters, hospitals and youth groups throughout the city.
The toys collected at the annual parade are donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, making Chicagoland Toys for Tots its single largest contributor. We are otherwise unaffiliated with the Marine Corps
The organization also sets up toy boxes in local businesses to collect toys for local families starting in September of each year.