Motorcycle club bring toys, smiles to LLUCH patients
Andrew Gurley, a 7-year-old from Ridgecrest, talks to Santa at the Motorcycle Toy Run while his mother, Lisa Woolard, watches.
On Sunday, December 17, the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) and the Chaparral Riders hosted the 14th Annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Toy Run.
More than 200 members of motorcycle clubs and individuals roared up to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on 144 bikes bearing toys for the young patients.
Some of the clubs that participated with the MRA and the Chaparral Riders included the San Bernardino Hogs, Temecula Valley Hogs, Christian M/M Club, and many more. The ride started at Quaid Harley-Davidson & Buell on Redlands Boulevard in Loma Linda.
The MRA gave out awards at Children’s Hospital for the best-decorated motorcycle, best-decorated bike and trailer, and to the club with the largest number of participants.
Besides the toys being given out, the MRA sold raffle tickets for two cash giveaways of $80 each.
The winning tickets were drawn on the day of the event. The motorcycle
Marine Sgt. Michael Drivere (left) and his father, Glenn Drivere, lead the procession of motorcycles to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Sunday, December 17.
clubs raised $1,065 from the raffle and a bake sale at Quaid Harley-Davidson on the day of the event. The proceeds were presented to Children’s Hospital.
The MRA also presented a check for $3,500 to Joanna DeLeon, CFRE, director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, from donations received throughout the year for the toy drive.
“What a joy to see the smiles on each and every face when the kids hear the roar of the engines from the motorcycles coming up the street,” says Marcia Taylor of the MRA, coordinator of the toy drive event. “We cannot think of a better way to help bring a little joy into the children’s lives.”
The Chaparral Riders also donated two fun centers to the Children’s Hospital, mobile gaming stations equipped with Nintendo GameCubes and DVD players to entertain patients at their bedsides.
“This is the greatest time of year for me and my brothers,” said Glenn Quaid of Quaid Harley-Davidson after seeing the donations.
The motorcycles rolled into Children’s Hospital between 1:45 and 2:00 p.m.
By Preston Clarke Smith
Kevin Zierden rides into the Children’s Hospital parking lot with his 4-year-old daughter for her first big ride. Mr. Zierden, from Fontana, has done the ride for several years and wanted to get his daughter involved.