A group of Bikers flocked to a Walmart to purchase the store’s entire stock of bicycles for the organization’s 16th annual toy run on Saturday.
The Fresno County Hells Angels will donate some 200 bicycles toPoverello House, a homeless shelter in Fresno, California. Last year, the shelter gave away nearly 4,000 toys on Christmas morning with the help of the Hells Angels and other motorcycle groups.
The Hells Angels stood in line at the store for five for days, according to a Reddit post that went viral earlier this week.
Poverello House provides temporary housing, medical, dental and meal services to the Fresno community. It serves about 1,500 meals a day.
About 30 percent of Fresno residents have incomes below the government’s poverty level, much higher than the 19 percent of Californians overall with incomes below that level, according to the most recent data.
McNiel said toy donations are an essential part of Poverello House’s general mission to distribute help to those in need.
“Each person that comes in needs something different,” McNiel said in a phone interview Wednesday. “We meet them right where they are and we try to give them what they need.”
The event is part of the group’s ongoing effort to help meet the needs of the community during the holiday season, a representative from the Fresno County Hells Angels chapter said in a statement.