Big hearts ride in Spark of Love Toy Run

By Leslie Eikleberry
Salina Post – October 29, 2018

Some of the members of Fire & Iron Station 27 and the toys they collected. Photo courtesy Fire & Iron Station 27

They risk their lives to protect us from harm and keep us healthy, but that isn’t enough. In their off hours, the firefighters and paramedics who make up Fire & Iron Station 27 Firefighters Motorcycle Club choose to do activities together that benefit the communities in which they live and work.

On Sunday, group members participated in the Spark of Love Toy Run, Fire & Iron Station 27’s annual toy collection and motorcycle ride to benefit children in need in Ottawa County.

Participants were asked to bring a new toy, stuffed animal, or gift card and join the ride to provide toys for children of Ottawa County who otherwise might not get much for Christmas this year.

The riders gathered at noon on Sunday at the old gas station on Kansas Highway 18 in Bennington. They, and their toys, then rode west on Kansas Highway 18 to Kansas Highway 106, which they took north to Minneapolis. Once there, they delivered their toys to the Open Hearts Christmas Store.

John Golbek, a volunteer firefighter out of Bennington, said this was the fifth or sixth year for the ride that benefits the Ottawa County Ministerial Alliance’s Open Hearts Christmas Store. Golbek said that the first year, 20 or so riders participated in the toy collection and ride. This year, there were 106 bikes in the ride, he said.

All of the toys collected by the riders will go to help make Christmas a little merrier for Ottawa County children in need, he added.

Golbek said that Fire & Iron Station 27 members also participate in Ride for Hope, which raises funds to help those with cancer, and the Lincoln County Toy Run to benefit children in that county.

Fire & Iron Station 27 is part of the international Fire & Iron organization made up of firefighters, paramedics, and people in other related occupations who not only share a passion for protecting the lives and property of citizens in their own communities, but also enjoy riding and camaraderie with each other outside of work.


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