The South Bay motorcycle community came together in Morgan Hill Saturday to help make the holidays merry and bright for local children who are less fortunate.
The House of Thunder Harley Davidson annual Toy Run started in the dealership’s parking lot on Condit Road the morning of Dec. 9. More than 50 bikers loaded up new stuffed animals, dolls, kids’ bicycles and other new presents onto their motorcycles and a trailer, and rode together to donate the gifts to Rebekah’s Children’s Services in Gilroy.
More than 2,000 new toys were donated to House of Thunder in the weeks preceding the Dec. 9 toy run—mostly from the annual Hells Angels “Red and White Toy Drive” which took place at the dealership the previous week, according to House of Thunder Marketing Manager Joel Milburn. More than 20 motorcycle clubs and 400 bikers from throughout the Bay Area participated in the Dec. 2 event.
Also on Dec. 9, the dealership donated the proceeds from a raffle for a new motorcycle—more than $ 5,000—to Rebekah’s Children’s Services, which offers a variety of health, education and other services to children and foster families in South County, Salinas and Campbell.
House of Thunder also invited patrons to donate toys at the dealership’s showroom.
“Customers just kept coming in, and coming in with more toys,” Milburn said.
It was a special sight when the bikers roared into Rebekah’s Children’s Services parking lot Dec. 9, loaded up with toys.
“It actually is a huge blessing,” said Claudia Sandoval, Rebekah’s Interim Director for Community Relations. “We’re really grateful to Harley House of Thunder. Rallying the bike clubs, and to see their big hearts, giving back to the community, is amazing.”
The children who live on the campus of Rebekah’s on-site school were excited to see all the motorcycles and toys, she added.
Rebekah’s and House of Thunder have teamed for the annual toy run for more than a decade. Sandoval said by now, the toy run typically provides holiday gifts to more than 1,000 children whose families are served by Rebekah’s Children’s Services.
“It reaches multiple communities,” Sandoval said.
Rebekah’s is not the only recipient of House of Thunder’s and the biker community’s generosity. Toys collected during the Dec. 2 Red and White toy drive also went to Cathedral of Faith and St. Justin of Santa Clara, Milburn said.