Hells Angels in Fresno buy every single bike at Walmart to give to less fortunate kids this holiday season
Biker gangs get a bad rap. They look tough, and most of them are, but they’re also some of the kindest and most generous people you’ll ever meet.
Merl Hefferman is one of those kind and generous people – he is the kind of person that puts the word ‘Angel’ in Hells Angels.
Back in 2014, he and other members of the Fresno chapter of the notorious biker gang waited in line for five days outside a Walmart, just so they could buy every single bike that was listed on the company’s ad and donate them to charity, ABC 7 reported.
The group ended up purchasing over 200 bicycles that day. The great thing is, they do this every year. It’s a great way for them to give back to one of their favorite charities.
Each year, the bikers give the bikes away in their annual Hells Angels Toy Run, which benefits kids at a local non-profit called the Poverello House – a charity that enriches the lives of all who pass their way by providing meals, socials services and temporary shelter.
“When a kid runs up and he jumps on this bicycle and he rides around and it’s a good toy,” Hefferman said.
“It’s not a jacket, it’s not a glove, it’s a bicycle. You ain’t got enough money in this station that makes me feel the way I feel when I give these kids these bikes.”
This act of generosity has touched people worldwide.
The photo of Hefferman waiting in line to pay for the bikes went viral on Facebook a few years ago with thousands of likes. Since then, the bike operation has blown up bigger than Merl could’ve imagined. They now have enough volunteers and donations to build enough bikes that fill up an entire building room floor – it’s quite remarkable.
So the moral of the story? Don’t judge a book by its cover. Some of the toughest looking people have the biggest and most Majical hearts.
Be sure to follow Merl on Facebook and stay up-to-date with all the good this Angel does in his community.
Photo’s by dClipse Sight Services.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally written by ABC 7 back in December of 2014.