PHOTOS BY ALEX McCARTHY | JUNEAU EMPIRE Justin Papenbrock, a sergeant-at-arms for the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club, places a stuffed animal on a pile of donated toys on Thursday. The club brought 10 large trash bags of stuffed animals, raised at the 23rd annual Toy Run, to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

PHOTOS BY ALEX McCARTHY | JUNEAU EMPIRE Justin Papenbrock, a sergeant-at-arms for the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club, places a stuffed animal on a pile of donated toys on Thursday. The club brought 10 large trash bags of stuffed animals, raised at the 23rd annual Toy Run, to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Panhandlers make annual toy donation

Wearing two large, silver rings in the shape of skulls, Justin Papenbrock held a plush beaver and jokingly rocked it like a baby.

Papenbrock, a Sergeant-at-Arms for the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club, laughed and then placed it carefully on top of the large pile of stuffed animals. It was one of dozens of toys gathered during the 23rd annual Panhandlers Motorcycle Club Toy Run, which took place this past Saturday.

The event, where members of the club ride through town and collect toy donations during a cookout at the Douglas Fire Station, included around 80 riders this year. When members of the club came to Bartlett Regional Hospital on Thursday morning, they came with 10 large trash bags of toys, which they loaded into a crate.

The hospital will keep the stuffed animals on hand for upset young patients in the emergency department or in the diagnostic imaging (X-ray) department. Numerous hospital employees stood in the parking lot Thursday morning and thanked the club members for the donation.

Steven “Razz” Rasmussen, a retired member of the club, was on hand for the donation and told a story of someone who got a stuffed animal when she was a child at the hospital and still cherishes it years later.

The event sprouted from a desire to collect toys for local children after seeing Toys for Tots do it on a national level. It has grown from there, adding more riders and bringing more toys to the hospital over the years. Panhandlers MC President Craig Fowler said this year’s turnout was fairly typical, as they gathered 12 bags of toys last year.

More in News

A Princess Cruise Line ship is docked in Juneau on Aug. 25, 2021. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Ships in Port for the week of Sept. 25

Here’s what to expect this week.

A bracket fungus exudes guttation drops and a small fly appears to sip one of them.( Courtesy Photo / Bob Armstrong)
On the Trails: Water drops on plants

Guttation drops contain not only water but also sugars, proteins, and probably minerals.

Police vehicles gather Wednesday evening near Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei, also known as ]]Brotherhood Bridge Trail, while investigating a homicide. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Police: Woman was walking dogs when she was killed

JPD said officers are working “around the clock” on the criminal investigation.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard Cutter Kimball crew-member observes a foreign vessel in the Bering Sea, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across the guided missile cruiser from the People's Republic of China, officials said Monday, Sept. 26.  (U.S. Coast Guard District 17 via AP)
Patrol spots Chinese, Russian naval ships off Alaska island

This wasn’t the first time Chinese naval ships have sailed near Alaska waters.

An Alaska judge has ruled that a state lawmaker affiliated with the Oath Keepers, Rep. David Eastman, shown in this February 2022 photo, may stay on the general election ballot in November even though he's likely ineligible to hold public office  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Judge keeps Oath Keepers lawmaker on November ballot

Judge ordered delaying certifying the result of the race until a trial scheduled for December.

Water rushes down Front Street, just a half block from the Bering Sea, in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 as the remnants of Typhoon Merbok moved into the region. It was a massive storm system — big enough to cover the mainland U.S. from the Pacific Ocean to Nebraska and from Canada to Texas. It influenced weather systems as far away as California, where a rare late-summer storm dropped rain on the northern part of the state, offering a measure of relief to wildfire crews but also complicating fire suppression efforts because of mud and loosened earth. (AP Photo / Peggy Fagerstrom)
Repair work begins in some Alaska towns slammed by storm

ANCHORAGE — There’s been significant damage to some roads and homes in… Continue reading

j
Sniffen indicted on sexual abuse counts

Sniffen will be arraigned Monday.

In this undated file photo the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska is shown. (AP Photo / Al Grillo)
Oil price drop endangers plan to fund Alaska schools a year early

If oil prices fall, amount is automatically reduced to an amount the state can afford. At

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau Police Department announces technology and reporting updates

Emergeny services and direct reporting will not be interrupted

Most Read