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Bikers still giving out toys

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By Don Pace

There were lots of smiling faces as kids lined up for toys at the annual Toys for Tots give away sponsored by the Los Hermanos Motorcycle club.

Club president Gerald Romero said, “We do this as a way to give back to our community. When you see children in line who might not otherwise get a present, that brings a great joy to our hearts — to see the smile on their little faces when they get a toy makes this special. Even though we’re grown men, this is enough to bring us close to tears because of the joy we see all around.”

This year members of Los Hermanos and their families, along with Santa’s help, distributed 513 toys to children.

Six-year-old twins Gabrielle and Rachelle Gurulé were among the hundreds of children standing in line at Sala de Madrid for the chance to see Santa Claus and receive brand-new toys.

One family standing in line got a few extra gifts after being the victims of a break-in where the thief took all the presents under the tree. A grateful mother said she thought her children would be without toys this holiday, but the big hearts of the burley motorcycle enthusiasts saved Christmas for her family.

“This is another successful year. We’ve been doing this for 25 years, and this year is bigger and better than ever,” Romero said. “We hold various fund raisers through the year, and the Eagles are an integral part of this effort, they supply about half of the toys we give out.”

Aidan, Amor and Luna Gonzales were happy to see Santa and were excitedly showing off their toys to one another. Six-year-old Aidan got a virtual kickboxing game, 3-year-old Luna held her new dream doll, and 5-year-old Amor was rocking her new baby doll to sleep.