It may be the middle of the summer but to the patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children there is nothing like spending a Sunday waiting for Santa Claus. That’s right, Santa is coming to town on his motorcycle and bringing 500 of his closest motorcycle friends for the 19th annual Christmas in July Toy Run on Sunday, July 26, arriving at 11:30 a.m.
Every year since 1996, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Centurions, a police sponsored motorcycle club, has roared into Shriners Hospitals for Children bearing gifts and cheer lead by none other than Santa himself. This year, the run will leave the Police Academy, 8500 State Road, at 11 a.m. and the group anticipates arriving at Shriners Hospital for Children between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Shriners Hospital is located at 3551 N. Broad Street at Venango. Officers from the elite Highway Patrol Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department will escort the convoy down Broad Street arriving safety at the hospital where patients will be waiting with excitement.
Several bike clubs participate and all bike enthusiasts are encouraged to ride. Sign-ups are at the Police Academy between 8 and 10 a.m., $20 per person or $30 per couple. If you participate in the ride, please bring a new, unwrapped toy. Sorry, no stuffed animals. Breakfast will be sizzling with omelets, home fries, coffee and pastries.
In addition to the toy donations, monetary donations have always been a part of the Centurions Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia Chapter annual Christmas in July Toy Run. To date, the group has collectively raised more than $221,921.
After the run, join us for a barbecue (all you can eat and live entertainment) at the Ukrainian Club, 847 North Franklin Street. For more information, call Frank C. at 267-228-0804.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia provides care for congenital and acquired orthopaedic conditions, as well as acute and rehabilitative care for children with spinal cord injuries.