For over three decades members of the Unknown Motorcycle Club have revved up their engines while collecting toys for the Coastside’s youngest residents. The club puts out donation barrels and also hosts a toy and poker run to help encourage donations. 

“The toy drive hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years,” said Unknown Motorcycle Club president James Holsman. “It worked pretty good to start with. 

“We facilitate allowing the community to make the contributions by putting the boxes at the post offices,” he continued. “For all these years, the community itself has donated the toys.” 

The donation barrels have been placed at local post offices. One has been stationed at the American Legion Post 474 as well. 

“We’ll put the boxes out and if they start filling up, we’ll take the toys to Coastside Hope so they can start using it this year,” said Holsman. “Anything else will still go straight to the warehouse and will give them a head start for the following year.” 

The club’s collection efforts were very successful last year, resulting a truckload of toys being delivered. All donations are funneled into Coastside Hope’s Adopt-a-Family program, where needy families receive the gifts as part of a larger package. 

For Holsman, the toy drive is a tradition with deep roots to the community. 

“We all have kids, they are a part of this community,” said Holsman. “You see that there are underprivileged kids around here. 

In addition to overseeing the donation barrels, the Unknown Motorcycle Club will also host a poker run that starts at the American Legion post before zooming down the coast. To participate, all you have to do is show up a toy and purchase a poker hand. 

The idea is to collect a poker card at certain destinations along the coast. In the past, pit stops have included Duarte’s, Apple Jack’s in La Honda, and the San Gregorio Store. The itinerary is always a surprise, which is part of the fun. 

“You can buy as many hands as you want,” said Holsman. “We then travel around the coast. We’ll stop at different places and pick up a new card. Last year, over 30 motorcycles participated.” 

The Unknown Motorcycle Club toy drive and poker run starts at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the American Legion Post 474 located at 470 Capistrano Road in Princeton.

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