Donated toys piling up at Toronto Diggers ahead of annual toy run collection on November 23

The generosity of the Lake Macquarie community is shining bright with thousands of dollars worth of toy donations having already been made for the annual Toronto toy run collection on Saturday, November 23.

Last year the run, led by Santa, his motorbike-riding reindeer, Mrs Claus and a cast of characters, collected about $6000 worth of toys.

The toys were added to the overall Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run haul which was donated to the Salvation Army and distributed to families across the Hunter in time for Christmas.

"The event gets bigger every year," Linda Coleman, one of the Toronto toy run collection organisers, said.

"People have been dropping off toys to Toronto Diggers left, right and centre. We've already filled a trailer with toys and we still have the actual run to do."

Ms Coleman has been involved with the Newcastle Toy Run for 10 years. The Toronto toy run was conceived four years ago when Toronto Diggers contacted organisers behind the hugely popular Stockton-to-Newcastle toy run wishing to donate $1000 worth of items.

Ms Coleman, a Toronto resident, said she would be happy to collect the club's donations but, wishing to add some Christmas flair to it, asked the Newcastle Toy Run committee whether it would be okay to take along Santa and a few friends. So was born the Toronto toy run.

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Ms Coleman said she wouldn't want her kids to wake up on Christmas morning without a present under the tree, so she wouldn't stand by and let that to happen to other families.

"Every child should be able to get a new toy at Christmas, and that's what we're trying to make sure happens."

Santa and his parade of characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and superheroes such as Batman and Deadpool will be escorted from Fenton Avenue via The Boulevarde to Toronto Diggers by Lake Macquarie police on November 23.

The parade is expected to arrive at Diggers about 1.30pm.

There will be a free reptile show at the club from 11.30am on the day.

At Diggers, families will have a chance to personally stock Santa's sleigh with their toy donations, as well as grab some photos with Santa and his friends.

"It's incredible to be part of the parade," Ms Coleman said.

"To see little kids lining the street with signs and making their donations, seeing how happy they are to be helping other kids, it takes your breath away."

Ms Coleman said she recently accepted a number of donations made by Toronto Diggers members who had won prizes in the recent toy raffle and generously donated them to the run.

Donations can also be made to Toronto Diggers ahead of the parade, which will be added to the sleigh on the day.

The Newcastle Toy Run will be held on Sunday, December 1.

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