SANTA CRUZ -- The Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club showed its softer side on Saturday by collecting nearly 700 pounds of canned foods and other nonperishables for families in need this holiday season.
About 25 motorcycle riders from the club's Lompico chapter, clad in black leather jackets and jeans, held a party at the Portuguese Hall on Evergreen Street to collect food in support of Valley Churches United Missions.
This is the second year the motorcycle club has held a food drive for Valley Churches.
"We care about the valley and Valley Churches," club member Lyle Fleming said. "We believe we need to feed our people in the Santa Cruz Mountains."
The donated food was given to the longtime San Lorenzo Valley nonprofit, which assists families in the Santa Cruz Mountain communities throughout the year with a special emphasis on Christmas.
The food along with grocery store gift cards and toys for children will be distributed to 500 families on Sunday at Valley Churches United Missions in Ben Lomond. It's the organization's 31st annual Christmas Project.
Annette Marcum, founder of Valley Churches United Missions, said it was heart-warming to watch the burly men carefully pack a large truck with all the goodies they received on Saturday.
She said the food drive makes a significant impact on the charity's overall ability to help low-income families during the holiday season.
"These guys worked their hearts
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