A story made the rounds of social media sites this weekend that is too good not to be true.
Yahoo News, the open content site Reddit and the sort of news site Inquisitr, all report that the Fresno charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club stood in line last Friday at a local Walmart to buy every bicycle in the store. The photo above purports to show one of the patch holders at the Walmart customer service desk.
The charter intends to donate the bicycles to a local homeless shelter called Poverello House. The club has been donating toys to the shelter every December for the last 13 years.
In a 2010 interview with Fresno television station KMPH, a club spokesman named Merl Heffernan said “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.” That year the Fresno Angels gave 500 toys including 30 bikes to down and out children. Last Friday the charter bought more than 200 bikes for the kids.
A representative of the charity said, “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.”
Poverello House is a private, nonprofit, nondenominational organization that has been serving the hungry and homeless of Fresno since 1973. It maintains two residential shelters and provides numerous other services for those who are “homeless, hungry, alone and sick, with no one to care for them.” The charity’s mission statement is, “Believing in the dignity of every person, at Poverello House we work to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass our way by stewarding the resources made available to us through Providential and community support.”
The bicycles and other toys will be donated to Poverello House this Saturday, December 6, after the Fresno Angels 13th annual toy run. Sign in for the run is from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Intimo Cocktail Lounge at 605 North Thorne Avenue in Fresno. You will need to make a $20 donation and bring an unwrapped gift to play.
If you do you’ll make the local police mental and you’ll make a kid happy.