Dare County Center receives $25,000 donation for Christmas gifts for children in need

Published 7:47 am Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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Terry Gray, lead organizer for the Dare County Motorsports Charity Group (DCMCG), presented Sandy Pace, director of the Dare County Center in Manteo, with a $25,000 charitable donation at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Monday, December 6, 2021.

The funds were raised during DCMCG’s Dare County Motorcycle-Jeep Toy Run, which took place on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Vertigo Tattoo in Manns Harbor. At the meeting, Gray also presented Dare County Deputy Marylynn Cahoon with a commemorative plaque, which she accepted on behalf of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office in recognition of the department’s support and assistance during the event.

The money will be used to provide toys for more than 400 Dare County children in need this holiday season as part of the annual Dare County Center Toy Drive. The Dare County Center, which is located at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo, has hosted the toy drive annually since the center first opened in 2009. All Dare County children ages 0-16 are eligible and must register to receive gifts between November 1 and November 30 of each year.

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For more information about the toy drive, call the Dare County Center at 252-475-9270.

The Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run is a private foundation dedicated to ensuring that Dare County children in need have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season each year. The group’s inaugural toy ride took place in 2016 and was held with the hope that hundreds of bikers would join together for a ride designed to help raise funds that are then distributed to select organizations throughout Dare County in order to purchase toys for local children.