Everyone knows if Santa lived in the Bay Area he would ride a motorcycle. Honestly, it’s the only reasonable way to get around these days. But he’d also ride for the good company, because motorcyclists tend to be pretty cool people. Within the riding community there are lots of folks organizing rides, events, and drives this holiday season in the name of sharing some good will with the broader community, especially with those less fortunate.
Below we’ve listed a few of the charity events going on around us in the Bay Area that you can participate in, but we know there are more! Have we missed your event or drive? Let us know and we’ll post it up here and share it on our social media pages. Send an email to email@example.com with the details of your event.
7th Annual Teddy Bear Ride
Saturday, December 5th
Organized By: Coastside Armada Harley Club
Starting Location: Hooter’s, 1555 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell
Starting Time: Optional lunch and meet starting at 11:00 AM, kicks stands up at 12:30
Thanks to the Family Supportive Housing Center on King Road in San Jose, many families with kids and teens who otherwise might be homeless are afforded a stable and safe place to stay. Join with Coastside Armada to bring new teddy bears and toys to the youngsters at the shelter this holiday season. The club has already purchased 100 new teddy bears; participants should bring a new unwrapped toy or gift to donate (there is no participation fee to ride). A truck will transport all the bears and toys from Hooter’s to the shelter.
32nd Annual Toy Ride To San Francisco General Hospital
Sunday, December 6th
Organized By: Dudley Perkins Harley-Davidson
Starting Location: Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson in San Francisco, 333 Corey Way, South San Francisco
Starting Time: Donuts and coffee at 9:00 AM, kick stands up at 10:00
Dudley Perkins Toy Run is a beloved annual toy drive that puts a whole lot of smiles on faces in the pediatric wing of SF General. Please bring an unwrapped toy for one of the children. The hospital visit is followed by a benefit lunch at the Mariposa Yacht Club for the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation. Lunch is $20 the day of the event and $7 for a run pin. Register in advance with Dudley Perkins for a reduced rate.
SBR Toy Ride
Saturday, December 12th
Organizer: SBR contributor Mike ‘mightslip’ & friends
Starting Location: Skywood Trading Post, 17287 Skyline Blvd, Woodside
Starting Time: 9:30 AM
You meet the nicest people at South Bay Rider Forum events, so this Toy Run should be a lot of fun and it’s for a great cause. This year participants are asked to bring a new kid’s bike helmet to donate because the fire department will be gifting over 200 bikes to children for Christmas, but they’re left with no money to buy helmets with. The ride will meet at Skywood in Woodside, helmet gifts will be collected, and then the group will depart for a fun scoot around the Santa Cruz Mountains.
SBFreaks Toy Drive
Sunday, December 13th
Organizer: SBFreaks Pittsburg Chapter
Starting Location: E.J. Phair Brewing Company, 300 Cumberland Street, Pittsburg
Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Please bring an unwrapped toy or a $10 donation. All toys and donations benefit St. Vincent de Paul. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Deviants MC Warm Coat Drive
Ongoing Through December
Drop-Off Location: ROAD RIDER
Give your less fortunate brothers and sisters a little warmth this winter by dropping off a new or used winter coat of any condition to a Deviants MC Warm Coat Drive holiday bin! The coolest, most convenient drop-off location? Road Rider, of course!