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November 16, 2013

If you ‘Like,’ officer will don skirt

Muskogee policeman seeks to build support for Toy Run

One or two of the bikers rumbling through Muskogee in Sunday’s ABATE Toy Run could be wearing skirts and high heels.

Muskogee Police Officer Seth Paris posted on the Facebook social network on Thursday that he would wear a skirt and high heels on the run if 200 people would “Like” his post. People click on a “Like” to express such feelings on a Facebook post. By 6 p.m. Friday, the post had 87 Likes.

The Toy Run begins at noon Sunday at Curt’s Shopping Center, 2246 E. Shawnee Bypass. It is sponsored by the Three Rivers ABATE, or A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education.

After Paris issued his challenge, Mike Morrison, who also is in law enforcement, issued a similar challenge, said D. Boots, a run coordinator. Boots said Paris is a member of MPD’s Special Operations Team.

“I just posted it to be funny,” Paris said Friday, before people started Liking the post. “I’ll do anything for a good cause.”

The 180-pound police officer is no stranger to wearing feminine attire to help a good cause.

“I’ve already got my heels. I do the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes each year,” Paris said, referring to a fundraiser for Women In Safe Home.

Paris said he also has been on several Toy Runs, in which several hundred motorcyclists collect toys for needy children.

“So many kids don’t get presents for Christmas,” he said “It’s the one time a year we can help them out.”

Toy Run participants are dedicated to their cause.

“One year, it was miserably cold,” Paris said. “Hundreds of bikers came up just to drop off a toy.”

Boots said the Toy Run averages 200 to 300 participants each year. Most are bikers, though the Cruis’n Angels Car Club plans to participate, he said.

Bikers will meet at noon Sunday at Curt’s Shopping Center and will start their ride at 1 p.m., Boots said. With Fire Department and police escorts, bikers will go down York Street to Okmulgee Avenue. They will finish at the Bedouin Shrine Temple for food and games, he said. He said he expects them to arrive at the temple around 1:15 to 1:20 p.m.

People may bring toys to the shopping center or the temple, Boots said.

Toys will go to needy children in Muskogee and to children at Shriners Burn Center or Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, Boots said.

“We’ve provided toys for WISH for three years and to MCCOYS for three years,” Boots said. “We average 200 to 300 toys.”

He said people should donate the type of toys “their own kids would be happy to see under the tree.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Curt’s Shopping Center, 2246 E. Shawnee Bypass between noon and 1 p.m. Sunday or at the Bedouin Shrine Temple, 201 S. Sixth St. Sunday afternoon.

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