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Riverview, Florida -- After 20 years of running the Cookson Hills Toy Run, Bill and Sheri Brown are celebrating their last year bringing toys to the kids in eastern Hillsborough County.

Bill has suffered fromheart issues in recent years and now his wife Sheri's health is also declining from stress of the event.She told 10 News that their doctors have told them they need to step away from the event which they plan and help pay for year round.

The couple, along with the help of hundreds of bikers and volunteers from the community, is able to bring toys to needy children who live in eastern Hillsborough County. According to Sheri, unlike some toy drives, you don't just drop toys in a box and leave. Instead participants get to hand the toys directly tothe children.

In recent years about 500kids who live in Riverview, Thonotosassa, Brandon, Seffner, Mango, Valrico, and Plant City receive toys. Sheri saystheevent benefits the "forgotten" children of Eastern Hillsborough County, special needs individuals, seniors, and veterans with no family.

Bill says, "We live in the United States, the greatest country in the world, and to see these kids smiling and changing some kids lives -- there's nothing better."

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The event is well known for allowing people to see Christmas in a whole new light through the eyes of a child. Sheri says without the community the children would not have a Christmas.

"We went to a yard sale at a small children's home in Seffner 18 years ago and discovered that they didn't get much," said Sheri, "and we thought with the amount of people that we knew we could do something to help. So, we got our friends together and 45 people went out and gave 18 kids Christmas."

Sheri says the bikers were hooked after delivering the toys and seeing the children's faces. It's an emotional exchange for all involved. She added, "You see big, old six-foot burly bikers with tears running down their cheeks. They go, 'This is awesome! We gotta' do it again.'"

After a few years, it has turned from a biker event into a community and family event. It's motivated hundreds of people to take part.

Bill and Sheri Brown paid for the toy run out of their own pocket for the first 11 years. But now they rely mainly on donations from the community to buy toys for kids and pay for the expenses of putting on the event. Still Sheri says in 19 years, only the 2011 event paid for itself. Her and her husband have been paying the outstanding balances for the event over the years (2012 equaled almost $5,000), she says.

Bill and Sheri Brown are now hoping a group or an organization will volunteer to take over the toy run.

It's not too late to buy gifts to hand out at this yearsCookson Hills Toy Run.It takes placeSunday, Dec. 1.

At 10:00a.m. those bringing giftswill gather at Veteran's Memorial Park in Tampa at Highway 301 South and the Bypass Canal, which is south of the Florida State Fairgrounds. There will be anauction,raffles,entertainment and fooddonated by Bob Evans Restaurants.

At 1:00 p.m.those who wish to travel a 20-mile "Country Ride" will leave. When the bikers return to Veteran's Memorial Parkat2:30 p.m.participants willpass out all the donated gifts.

10 News weekend anchor Tammie Fields and her familyhave participated in the bike ride and donated toys in the Cookson Hills Toy Run for several years.

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