EL CENTRO- One hundred roaring motorcycle engines filled the El Centro Walmart parking lot as the ABATE 38 Imperial Valley chapter began their annual Yuma-Imperial Valley Turkey Run to benefit local residents.
ABATE is a motorcycle brotherhood that works to protect motorcycling rights, dedicated to preserving individual freedom and promoting safety. Their chapters also do charity work, such as Saturday’s Turkey Run.
This year, 353 turkeys were donated to the cause and taken to charities. At least 90 bikers and friends came from the Imperial Valley, Yuma, San Diego, and even Los Angeles. Each donated $10 and a turkey for the run. Walmart donated $100 worth of birds to the cause as well as the equipment to give the Turkey Run a starting point.
Other companies such as Ormat Nevada geothermal company donated $500 worth of food. El Centro Motors got into the holiday by donating trucks to load the turkeys for delivery to the Valley charities.
According to ABATE 38 Imperial Valley Chapter president, Eddie Aranda, this is about helping the members of the community that can’t help themselves.
“We saw a need within the community and wanted to do something. Plus we can ride our
bikes,” said Aranda, “We just wish we could do more.”
The bikers rode to several charity locations: House of Hope, Calexico Neighborhood House, St. Margaret Mary Church, Faith Assembly, along with four other locations in Imperial, and the Sister Evelyn Center. Each location received turkeys depending on the need.
“You can’t ask for a better charity than feeding people,” said ‘Boyscout’, a rider from San Diego on his fourth run, “I can’t think of a better cause.”
“If we help each other, we can make the community better,” said Eddie Rodrigo, the head of the Fire Motorcycle group.
ABATE 38 will be having their annual Christmas Toy Drive in December and the Hogs for Dogs benefit for the Imperial Valley Humane Society in March.