L. Harkey: It’s a very challenging ride. Each year it keeps getting better and bigger. You couldn’t ask for better support or volunteers. All the pain is worth it when you cross the finish line knowing you are making a difference to kids in need. Looking forward to the next Sleigh Ride!
K. Evenson: This is one of our favorite rides of the year. It is wonderful - every aspect of it. Your volunteers are especially great, as is the cause that the money goes to… We will keep coming back and telling others. Thanks for a great day!!
G. Del Grande: Regardless of rider type or level, ORS is the best supported, and most challenging ride in the region! Where else can you ride and blow through stop lights and 4 lane highway crossings w/o issue or hesitation? The support & dedication from all the volunteers is unmatchable!
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Operation Red Sleigh, Inc. is a non-profit organization that began in 2000. Local law enforcement including NC Highway Patrol started the organization to assist families in Randolph County who were in need. Our organization is given names by the school system's counselors and we help underprivileged children in Randolph County who will not have a Christmas. We raise money throughout the year and provide the children with gifts and a hot meal for the family the day the presents are handed out prior to Christmas.
The first year we received donations, had a silent auction, held raffles and spaghetti dinners to raise funds to buy Christmas presents for 62 needy children.It is hard to believe after all the months of hard work in 2008 that another year of fundraising has come to a close. Because of all the generous donations in 2013, we were able to provide gifts for over 400 children.Thirteen years under our belts and Operation red Sleigh, inc has assisted over 2400 families with toys, clothing and food at Christmas.
In 2001 a cycling event was organized to raise additional funds and it has grown each year. It was originally called "Operation Red Sleigh Christmas in July Charity Bike Ride". Check our site for exciting new changes regarding the cycling event.
Check out our new site! You will find details of our scheduled events, a place to register for the cycling event, provide feedback on the forum page and make a donation. We especially encourage the cyclist to offer comments so we can make next years ride even better.