Guerreros Motorcycle Group will h ave a parade this Sunday at noon for its fourth annual toy run that benefits the CASA program. The parade begins at the Roswell Mall and will make its way south down Main Street to Skeen Furniture Warehouse, 1300 S. Main St.
The parade will feature Santa Claus, reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Santa will load up his sleigh with donated toys at Sam’s Club, which has served as the primary drop location for the toy drive this month. Sam’s Club will also present a check to the CASA program Sunday.
The parade will break for about 20 minutes at Skeen Furniture Warehouse for donuts and beverages and to collect more toys. The parade will come back up Main Street before concluding with a party at Third Street and Railroad Avenue in a warehouse behind Slanky’s Customs. The party is open to anyone who donates a toy or makes a $10 contribution to CASA. The party is expected to take place from about 1 to 4 p.m.
Jorge Armendariz, president of the club, said the Guerreros fourth annual Toy Run is an opportunity for the community to get outside, have some fun and help the kids.
“It’s a good cause. It’s for the kids,” Armendariz said. “To me, helping kids is the best thing you can do out there. CASA is doing a great job, and we’re going to support them as much as we can each year.”
Armendariz said last year the parade saw about 150 bikers participate and that he hopes the club will double that total this year. “Bikers have a bad image, and we’re trying to change that mentality. We’re trying to say that we dress and get up the same way as everybody, we just choose to ride motorcycle. We’re a good bunch of people trying to help the community, and what better way than helping the kids in CASA?”
Those who would like to contribute to the toy drive prior to Sunday’s parade are encouraged to drop toy donations at Sam’s Club, 4400 N. Main St.