2018 L.A. Toy Run

By Art Hall

Christmas is a busy time for the motorcycle riders of Southern California with the myriad of toy runs raising money and gathering toys for the less fortunate. One of the premier charity directed fundraisers of the Harley-Davidson community is the dealership in Glendale. It is also the home of the world famous Love Ride which had its last iteration back in 2015 after 32 years and raising millions of dollars for various charities.

The L.A. Toy Run had for over 25 years benefitted the Fred Jordan Mission which has a location enabling the ride to have been dubbed the “Skid Row Toy Run”. But alas along comes a new directive of conservatism that found it possibly PC to not have the support of those generous individuals who had selflessly contributed for decades. But alas not to be dissuaded, Richard Wagner, now retired from the parts department of Glendale Harley-Davidson aided by ABATE #1 took the banner and found new deserving entities to be the recipients of the philanthropic largess for the 30th time so it was 9am for breakfast and 11am for kickstands up. The AMA lent support and all bikes were welcome.

This year over 300 bikers showed up on a pleasant December morning and followed the tireless owner of the dealership, Oliver Shouka, to deliver two pickups full of toys. Oliver and company had coffee and donuts on hand while out back the annual pancake breakfast was available for a small fee. It’s been a big event over the years with many standouts like a classic old fire truck leading the pack, of course a Santa Claus, and notable figures from stage and screen. Another great event supporting another great cause. Bikers are the most generous group and showed it again this year at Glendale H-D.

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