Toys Provided to the Crisis Center are Provided by Businesses and Individuals in the Grand Island Area | Local news from the Big Island

Three people left gifts at the crisis center on Friday.

April Sundberg brought 50 copies of a book called “Breathe Like a Bear,” as well as 50 teddy bears. Sundberg represents a program called Rooted in Relationships, which is an early childhood initiative.

Lonnie “Worm” McIntosh and his girlfriend, Nina Wilson, also brought gifts on Friday.

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For 27 years, McIntosh delivered Christmas toys to organizations such as the Crisis Center and Hope Harbor.

On Friday, McIntosh and Wilson brought gifts to 45 children, 13 mothers and six fathers. Gifts for parents can be cologne, makeup, or bath products.

Money for the gifts is collected during a poker race in October, hosted by McIntosh and Wilson. At least 90 people, riding 68 motorcycles, participated in this year’s poker run.

McIntosh started the program with his late wife, Vera.

At certain stops in the poker run, 50 to 50 draws are organized to collect money. This year’s poker run has stopped at Cow Palace on Grand Island, Grandview Cafe and Lounge in Aurora, Independent Club in Central City, Ozzy’s Tavern in Doniphan, Sit N Bull Saloon in Giltner and Bandits and at the Sportsman’s Bar in Big Island.

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