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Harley riders donate bikes, other toys to kids on skid row

December 11, 2011 |  4:56 pm


Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders gave away 550 new bicycles and 800 other toys to needy children at the Fred Jordan Mission in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

 Some 800 Harley riders formed a caravan from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to the skid row mission at 445 Towne Ave. The toys were given to children who live in and around skid row, many in hotels.

"It’s just the look on the kids’ faces when they get a brand-new bicycle, it makes you feel good,” event organizer Richard Wagner said. “It’s a pretty depressing place to live."


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Photo: Members of the Mongols wait to hand out presents to children on skid row. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times