Hells Angels members in Fresno, California, had their own kind of holiday shopping frenzy.
While Black Friday shoppers clogged stores and waited in line for hours, members of the infamous biker gang reportedly waited at a Walmart so they could purchase all of the store’s bicycles. They then took the bikes to the Poverello House, a local organization that serves the homeless and hungry, and gave them away to needy kids.
The story of the Hells Angels and their bike run hit Reddit this weekend, after a user posted a picture of one of the bikers waiting in line at Walmart. The picture became one of the most popular links on the site, getting thousands of user votes and prompting close to a thousand comments.
For the Hells Angels in Fresno, the toy run is actually a longtime tradition. For years, the biker gang has been showing up to the Poverello House with bike and toys to give away to needy kids. The Hells Angels have turned their annual Toy Run into quite an event, with “music and fun” advertised at past events.
“People read what they want to read, and believe what they want to believe, we believe in these kids. We want to make sure to bring these toys here for these kids to have a great Christmas,” Merl Hefferman, secretary of the Fresno Hells Angels told KMPH back in 2010.
That year, the Hells Angels members gave away 30 bikes and more than 500 toys to needy kids, which officials at the Poverello House said was a huge help in making Christmas special for the kids involved.
“This really helps us to be able to provide a child a toy, most of the families that come here, the only gift they’ll get for Christmas is from the Poverello House,” said Kathryn Weakland with the Poverello House.
The Hells Angels members are actually part of a huge effort to give away toys to kids in need. In 2012, the Poverello House gave away a total of 4,000 gifts on Christmas morning.