Three cheers for two volunteer groups that make New Hampshire a better place.
There are many such groups, we are happy to report; but we were inspired to note these two because of one recent and one upcoming event.
The Manchester Rotary club held its 20th annual Cruising Downtown classic car event on Elm Street last Saturday. Sunny skies drew big crowds and lots of classic wheels.
The Rotary remains a part of the fabric of Manchester and proceeds from the car show and its other fund-raising events support several local scholarship and youth camper programs, and its members regularly volunteer. It remains true to its motto of “Service Above Self.”
Some other wheels will be gathering this Sunday and you can help them support the Salvation Army in helping kids this Christmas.
Yes, Labor Day is barely in the past and December is a long ways off, but what the Army does (with help, too, from the Union Leader Santa Fund) at Christmas doesn’t happen overnight.
A longstanding tradition is the New Hampshire Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization’s annual Toy Run, now named to honor the late Joanne Packard, who was one of its biggest boosters.
The long line of motorcycles will start the run at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Department of Safety on Hazen Drive, Concord. It will end with the delivery of new toys at HK Powersports, 1354 Hooksett Road, Hooksett.
You don’t need a motorcycle to drop by. You and the kids might enjoy seeing big guys on big bikes hugging big teddy bears, etc. And you can join them by bringing a new, unwrapped toy. We hear Santa might put in an appearance as well.
The NHMRO puts a lot of effort into this. We thank them for it.