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Hundreds of toys delivered on the annual Unity ride in Santa Barbara

Motorcyclists escorted through the South Coast

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - The streets grumbled and growled Sunday morning when a long line of motorcyclists took part in the annual Unity Shoppe Toy Ride.

Hundreds of toys were carried for miles to the collection point at the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum.

The ride started at 10:30 a.m. -- appropriately -- on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria.

The Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara office of the California Highway Patrol escorted the riders and helped them to safely get through intersections.

Many citizens came out to wave at the riders and marvel at the sight.  

The bikes were decorated with colorful signs of the season including antlers on the front of some, garland, and of course, toys fastened on the back.

Some say this is a spectacular collection of new, older, vintage and rare motorcycles.  Many scooters also took part.

Tom Reed with the Unity Shoppe kicked off the ride with a thank you speech at a Union Bank sponsored public address location where all the riders could hear about the event and the upcoming telethon December 9.

Organizer Jerry Herzberg has been bringing the motorcycle community together annual for this cause and some of the riders only get to see each other once a year at this event to share holiday greetings and help underserved children in Santa Barbara County.


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