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F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers

F Troop, the Burney Chapter of United Bikers of California, hosted its Annual High Bars and Low Cars Run for the Money on August 5. Dozens of bikers from clubs throughout Northern California came to participate.

Gene Brookover from UBNC Trinity County on his 2003 Road King Classic

The event raises money for One SAFE Place,  an organization that provides legal services, safety, and emotional support to victims of domestic assault and sexual abuse. One SAFE Place has an Intermountain Crisis Line, 530-244-0117. Victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence throughout the county can call the number and the call will be routed to local volunteers who will provide appropriate help and assistance.

Kristi Hanson, Event Manager for One SAFE Place, said that the Low Cars and High Bars “is the longest running independent fundraiser for our organization. They have been raising money for us for 14 years.”

Ron and Marian Marglen, Kristi Hanson, Greg and Carol Trotter, and George Whitfield

Motorcyclists gathered during the morning at the Veterans Hall in Burney to register. Bikers from UBNC chapters throughout Northern California participated. Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Butte, Tehama, and Humboldt were among the counties represented. In addition, other clubs such as Back From Hell and the Christian Motorcycle Club also took part.

At noon, the run began. Bikers rode up Hwy 89 to Clark Creek Road, over Lake Britton Dam back to 89, and then back to Burney. Along the way they picked up poker cards to add to their hand.

By 2 p.m., everyone had returned to the hall for a delicious barbecue lunch and presentation of awards. Plaques were presented for high hand and low hand. In addition there were awards for Best Bike, Best Car and Longest Distance.

United Bikers of Northern California is a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to the freedom and safety of all motorcyclists. Their motto is “Ride to Live — Live to Give — Give to Ride — Live to Ride.”

Burney’s local UBNC chapter, F Troop also hosts a Christmas Toy Run each year in December when they distribute toys to children from low income families in the Intermoutain Area.

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F Troop Christmas Toy Run

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F Troop Christmas Toy Run

On Saturday December 17, members of F Troop spent four hours visiting low income housing areas in Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River Mills, and McArthur to give Christmas presents to children. F Troop is the Burney affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California.

About 10 a.m., club members gathered at the house of F Troop President Greg Trotter. The temperature was still in the 20’s so many decided to drive in cars rather than ride their bikes.

Gathering at the Trotter's before the run

Gathering at the Trotter’s before the run

Four of the bikers, though, were determined to make the ride on their bikes, including Santa who’s sled is a beautiful tri-wheeler.

Santa and his tri-wheeler motor sled

Santa and his tri-wheeler motor sled

The club had raised enough money to purchase Christmas stockings and toys for about 125 boys and girls ranging in age from toddlers to teens. Most of the funds had been raised at their annual yard sale held on the weekend of September 17-18. In addition, four boxes of toys had been donated by the Fall River Hospital District “Stuff the Ambulance,” that collects toys to be distributed to local children.

About 10:30 the group set off in a caravan of four motorcycles followed by about 10 cars and trucks. The first stop was the Superior Avenue Apartments in Burney. Dozens of kids and parents came out to greet Santa and the bikers.

Lining up ar Superior Avenue Apartments

Lining up at Superior Avenue Apartments

The next stop was Burney Villa. The temperatures were still sub-freezing but the joy and love that filled everyone’s hearts warmed us all up.

Santa and helpers with a lad at Burney Villa

Santa and helpers with a lad at Burney Villa

Many of the members of F Troop had adorned themselves in Christmas apparel wearing Santa caps and amazing elf hats that delighted the children.

After every child at Burney Terrace had received their gifts, we headed to the Quebec Apartments across from Burney Cemetery. The parking lot was a shallow sea of ice. Santa sat on the fender of his bike/sled on the sidewalk as children streamed out to greet him and receive their presents.

Santa at Quebec Apartments

Santa at Quebec Apartments

After a short stop at the Safeway, the group headed east to Rainbow’s End in Johnson Park. Almost everyone in the community came out to receive the bikers. Some of the children could hardly contain their enthusiasm and the parents were effusive in their gratitude.

Santa at Rainbow's End

Santa at Rainbow’s End

As the gift giving came to an end Santa heard that one mom was unable to bring her three children out. Tragically, the father of the family had died the previous week from pancreatic cancer. Santa made a special trip to their trailer to deliver presents to the little ones and offer some cheer and consolation.

Special delivery by Santa

Special delivery by Santa

The journey of bikers bearing gifts continued to the east. After a brief rest stop at Hat Creek Park, the caravan headed over the mountain to Cedarwood apartments in Fall River Mills.

Santa at Cedarwood Apartments in Fall River Mills

Santa at Cedarwood Apartments in Fall River Mills

The parking lot was soon full as children of all ages came forth and appropriate gifts for each child were selected.

Traveling through town, Greg stopped at Fall River Hospital. Because the nurses and EMP’s had donated some of the gifts, the club wanted to greet and thank the nurses. As it turned out, the nurses were busy caring for their patients. However, in one of the rooms a young man was being visited by his parents and they welcomed Santa as he presented the lad with gifts.

A young man at Fall River Hospital receives a visit from Santa

A young man at Fall River Hospital receives a visit from Santa

The final stop on the toy ride was the McArthur Trailer Park. The population of this residential area is primarily Hispanic. It was readily apparent, however that the Spirit of Christmas knows no linguistic barriers. Melissa Sweet, who came along with her baby and son, helped with some translation. As the gifts were being brought out some of the children lined up with Santa for a Feliz Navidad photo.

Picture with the kids at McArthur Trailer Park

Picture with the kids at McArthur Trailer Park

The children were excited, the parents and grandparents were grateful, and F Troop was intoxicated with the joy of giving.

When all was done, we retired to the Mercantile for a group photo and delicious pizza.

Group Shot at the Pizza Parlor in McArthur

Group Shot at the Pizza Parlor in McArthur

Even as we ate, the members of F Troop began planning next year’s Christmas Toy Run. Part of F Troops motto is “riding to live and living to give.”

Thanks to all who made this joyful happening possible.

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