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Santa bikers collect toys for tots

Clad in Santa gear and atop a Harley, John Abernathy will lead a group of Valley bikers to the 16th annual Toy Run in Cloverdale on Sunday after collecting a few last toy donations.

Abernathy and the toy-collecting motorcyclists work as an extension of the Marines in its annual Toys For Tots toy drive.

The bikers, Abernathy said, got involved in Sacramento through the then-Modified Motorcycle Association years ago. The group came from all over Northern California and collected toys from their local area to donate to the larger Toys For Tots effort.

Bikers from all over Northern California – Eureka, Vacaville, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Sonoma – now run collection sites in their towns and bring the toys to one large event in Cloverdale each year.

Abernathy started collecting toys in Sonoma around the beginning of November at various locations, including Cafe Scooteria on West Napa Street, the fire station on Agua Caliente Road and Sonoma Chevrolet on West Napa Street. Cafe Scooteria has been giving a free coffee to anyone who donates a toy.

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