By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Santa isn’t the only one planning to deliver toys this holiday season.
Biker Rick “Cosmo” Oldenburg and dozens of others will do the same, but while riding motorcycles as part of the third-annual Cosmo’s Toy Run.
The run was started two years ago by Oldenburg. He and his wife attend many similar charity toy events in the area and decided to start one in Stillwater.
Last year, 42 riders transported more than 100 toys from downtown Stillwater to Lost Creek Methodist Church. Oldenburg hopes the event will continue to grow.
“We’re hoping for good weather and participants,” Oldenburg said.
He estimated if weather conditions are good there could be 100 riders.
Toys for older children, pre-teen to teen, will go to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries, while toys for younger children will be distributed by Lost Creek Church in the Stillwater area.
The festivities begin at noon Dec. 1 with a free lunch catered by Cherokee Strip BBQ at Forman Harley-Davidson. Attendees are encouraged to bring at least one new, unwrapped toy.
“We are hoping for no leftovers,” Oldenburg said.
At 2 p.m., bikers will be escorted through downtown Stillwater to Perkins Road by the Payne County Sheriff’s Department and Stillwater Police Department.
“To be able to blast through town, stop at no stop lights — that’s pretty cool,” Oldenburg said.
The riders will continue to Lost Creek to drop off toys. There will be an after party at Ell’s. Oldenburg said those with children or who don’t want to drink can stay at the church for another after party.
Oldenburg said he and other organizers plan to keep the run going.
“We are just going to keep on going as long as all parties are on board,” Oldenburg said.