Santa arrives early for Soul Brothers' Christmas

14th annual toy drive and bicycle giveaway Saturday at Drew Health Foundation

Santa Claus arrived early for a toy drive, Christmas tree and bicycle giveaway Saturday sponsored by the Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club at the Drew Health Foundation in East Palo Alto.

The club -- believed to be the first racially integrated motorcycle club nationally when it was formed in 1967s -- has conducted the annual pre-Christmas toy drive since 1995. The club's orange triangular logo features crossed arms, one black, one white.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by a watcher
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2008 at 11:07 am

This was a wonderful happening put on by this club from East Palo Alto.
However I find it interesting that there are no comments to this article. Here there was a positive showing and charitable event put on by some of the citizens of EPA, yet there are no comments submitted by any of the neighbors from Palo Alto. Are many of the folk on the other side of the freeway hesitant to comment when the good and productive citizens EPA prove to be in the overall majority?
Once again this silence from some of the active online commenters from the Palo Alto's citizenry may be proving to show it's real colors. "That being fan the flames of EPA"s negativity and put out any light or show of positivity."

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 21, 2008 at 12:12 pm

As cynical as you may think this is-I have viewed the annual Christmas toy events by the motorcycle clubs as mostly public relations plays. Clubs all over the Bay area (and the US) have been doing it for years, and it always gets media attention. They always have a prearranged with the media mass drive up to drop toys by.

How much attention do folks get (or ask for) who donate to Toys for Tots at the fire stations each year?

Whether East Palo Alto, San Jose or Oakland, it all seems to be for the positive image building for the motorcycle clubs.

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Posted by message
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm

brothes should know ,.police violence and profiling are happening rtight NOW in palo alto AND everywhere

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Posted by Sonny
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Been hanging with the Soul Brothers for years. They are a great bunch of guys. Nothing like the Hells Angels who do the same thing at Christmas and the rest of the year are heavy into the illegal drugs and extortion.

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Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Dec 21, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

I don't know about the other clubs, but this is the first "guaranteed publicity" the Soul Brothers has gotten, at least in the past eight years, in the Palo Alto Weekly or Palo Alto Online. I observed the club in its early years and agree that it seems to be a different kind of club than the stereotypical bikers' club. It has kept a really low profile, but that profile has been a positive one from what I've seen and heard.

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Posted by Michael Stevenson
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 23, 2008 at 9:10 am

I live in Menlo Park and work in Palo Alto for the past 20 years and I'm not aware of any other time of the year that this organization has been in the news for public relations reasons. I attended the toy drive for the first time after hearing about the event from one of the SBMC members IN PALO ALTO at a downtown restaurant. The effort that they made to bring a bit of cheer to the kids with free toys and free christmas trees for families who needed one, should be commended. I'm certain that if surrounding neighborhoods like crescent park were to support their charitable endeavor it would be appreciated.

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Posted by jennifer
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm


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Posted by flakes
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I Wonder what ever happened to flakes he was a fazul mastull

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Posted by Andre Willis
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Shout out to the brothers over in EPA" i was running across this post, glad to see the great things you guys are doing, its been over 25 years since i been there, but all the senior members were like dads, and uncles to me!!! Although they were hard, because of the times, but yet they were still a bunch of stand up guys!! Burnout" Tears" Tippy John" Jammer" the rest of the guys, and of course my pops Winter Hawk!!! Keep up the good work SB!!!!#1

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