The annual Christmas Antelope Valley Harley Davidson toy and bicycle drive made a huge impact on the lives of children in the community.
Since 2004, Co-owners Ron Emard and Scott Kellerman have organized successful toy drives with the assistance of many generous customers, bike clubs, local schools, sports organizations and more.
Last year was no different, as once again, the community rallied together to deliver toys for AV Harley-Davidson to distribute to many local nonprofit organizations through Kid’s Charities. AVHD collects broken bikes from retailers, then schedules store mechanics and staff to assist in repairs and sprucing them up to operate and look like brand new. In December 2018, the Harley dealership donated more than 100 bikes to local children, as well as an innumerable quantity of toys.
The list of 2018 recipients includes but is not limited to: Masada Homes, Hope Chapel, Valley Oasis Domestic Shelter, Valley Child and Family Guidance, Catalyst Foundation, Sacred Heart Church and individuals in need.
The annual toy drive is led by Emard. His efforts originated in 1995, when he was general manager of Palmdale Honda and to this day, he has carried on the tradition due to his love for children and making a positive impact, locally.
“It’s a duty of us all to give back in our own community to those who are truly needy and to love our neighbors and friends, a Godly principal I try to live by every day,” he said.