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Loma Linda University Children's Hospital Toy Run.

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The Loma Linda Harley Owners Group (LL HOG) once again had their annual toy run for the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

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The run stages at Quaid Loma Linda Harley- Davidson off of Redlands Boulevard if you have never been you have probably seen it from the I-10 freeway it is the building that looks that has an old west feel to it. Registration took place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the ride departing at 1:30 p.m. during the hours before departure time those attending got a chance to shop, look the new model Harley-Davidsons over the Touring models were getting a lot of interest, they are all new with many new features.
Outside people were socializing and getting some of the burgers that were being cooked up by the Service Department entrance. I ran into Eric and Glenn Quaid as they were busy with the running of the event.
At 1:00 p.m. everyone stopped as time was taken to do the Pledge of Allegiance and then riders started lining up their bikes, and there was quite a mix of motorcycles, Harley-Davidsons of all types, sidecars, Honda Gold Wings, Sport bikes, are all welcome.
At 1:30 p.m. the road guards went and blocked off the road and the group proceeded west on Redlands, north on Mountain View, west on Barton Road, right on Anderson to the Loma Linda University Medical Center campus. This year there was fire truck bringing up the rear complete with lights and siren.
The procession of motorcycles, Cars and fire truck spread for two blocks.
According to Tiffany Hoekstra, Major Gifts Officer, Champions Foundation and the MC for the event. That the children who are patients at the hospital look forward to the roar of the bikes coming into the parking lot. A few can come outside for the event but many only a get a look from behind a window.
Glenn Quaid of Quaid Loma Linda Harley-Davidson announced that three thousand dollars was raised from the run, the dealership donated another three thousand, that plus donations from a group called the MRA of two thousand and sixty one dollars and another one thousand dollars from the Norwalk Motorcycle Club came to a total of nine thousand one hundred and sixty one dollars donated. And that is on top of the truckload of toys donated by all the riders and many other people.
Ms. Hoekstra said that the money goes to support the greatest need at the Children’s Hospital, some of the items needed are cardiac monitors for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care Units. Funds also go to support play rooms, which are rooms that children can enjoy during their stay these rooms are filled with toys, video games and other items.
This is an annual event and donations are taken all year round.
Quaid Harley- Davidson Loma Linda
25160 Redlands Boulevard
Loma Linda, CA
909-796-8399.
www.quaidharleydavidsonlomalinda.com

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