Love Ride gives The Forgotten a Valentine’s Day to Remember

February 16th, 2017 by Andrzej

Four years ago on Valentine's Day, a group of friends in Venice Beach, CA launched Love Ride to help the homeless and marginalized of society by distributing care packages containing toiletries and other necessities of life. Since then they have gathered every Valentine's Day on their bicycles and ridden along Venice Boardwalk giving gifts and spreading love.

Love Ride is an extraordinary show of support for the unfortunate in society by a highly motivated group of people who believe in giving back. It is an offshoot of the non-profit Savage Hearts, who also run Wench Toast, the Clean Carriage and the Butt Patrol. This year Love Ride has also expanded to San Francisco and Miami and they want to expand it even further next year. If you wish to get involved in this excellent initiative or help with setting up a Love Ride in your community then sign up on the Facebook page or email lizloveride@gmail.com. See you there next year.

Valentines day decoration on the front of one of the support cars which carried the care packages distributed amongst the homeless of Venice Beach.

Love Riders before setting out to distribute care packages amongst the homeless of Venice Beach.

Love Riders preparing to start on the 2017 Love Ride.

Love Riders starting out on the 2017 Love Ride.

Love Riders riding along the beach to the beginning of the 2017 Love Ride.

Homeless encampment on the dunes of Venice Beach.

Love Riders ride past a homeless encampment on the dunes of Venice Beach.

Love Riders riding along the beach to the beginning of the 2017 Love Ride.

The beginning of the 2017 Love Ride on Navy St in Venice Beach.

Love Riders spreading out to distribute care packages to the homeless along Venice Boardwalk.

Liz Devin talking to one of the homeless on Navy St in Venice Beach.

Liz Devin talking to one of the homeless on Navy St in Venice Beach.

Some of the homeless on Navy St in Venice Beach looking through clothes brought by the Love Riders.

Some of the homeless on Navy St in Venice Beach looking through clothes brought by the Love Riders.

Love Riders accepting thanks from an admirer on Navy St in Venice Beach.

Love Riders making their way along Speedway to the next distribution point.

Love Riders getting ready to distribute care packages at Sunset Avenue.

Love Riders distributing clothes at Sunset Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Sunset Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Sunset Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Sunset Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Sunset Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Sunset Avenue.

Love Ride organizer Bertie with her mother at Breeze Avenue.

Love Riders posing with admirers for a picture at Breeze Avenue.

Love Rider Chuki distributing care packages on Venice Boardwalk near Breeze Avenue.

Love Riders distributing care packages on Venice Boardwalk near Breeze Avenue.

Homeless man eating dry ramen noodles on Venice Boardwalk near Breeze Avenue.

Love Rider Chuki pointing out the Breeze Avenue Love Ride distribution point to some of the homeless on Venice Boardwalk.

Homeless picking out clothes at Breeze Avenue.

Homeless man and a Love Rider sharing a high five on Breeze Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Breeze Avenue.

Love Riders making their way along Speedway to the next distribution point.

Love Riders making their way along Speedway to the next distribution point.

Love Riders making their way along Speedway to the next distribution point.

Love Ride bicycles stacked together at Horizon Avenue.

Love Riders getting ready to distribute care packages at Horizon Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Horizon Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Horizon Avenue.

Homeless picking out clothes at Horizon Avenue.

Love Riders getting ready to make their way to the next distribution point.

Love Riders Lindsay and Rina making their way along Speedway to the next distribution point.

Love Riders making their way along Speedway to the next distribution point.

Love Riders arriving at 17th Avenue to distribute care packages to the homeless.

Love Rider DeeDee distributing care packages at the basketball courts near 17th Avenue.

Love Rider DeeDee distributing care packages at the basketball courts near 17th Avenue.

Love Riders Nixie and DeeDee doing a Live post to Facebook on Venice Boardwalk near 17th Avenue.

Homeless woman trying on sandals at 17th Avenue.

Love Rider Lindsey helping a homeless woman look through clothes at 17th Avenue.

Love Riders with a homeless woman at 17th Avenue.

Liz and Brandi towards the end of Love Ride 2017 on Venice Beach.

Liz and Bertie of Savage Hearts organized the Love Ride 2017 on Venice Beach.

Love Riders at the end of Love Ride 2017 on Venice Beach.

As I also documented the preparations and actual Love Ride of 2016, I thought I would also post those images here.

Preparing for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Making plans for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders Gabe and Naomi taking a break from preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Lawrence very kindly lent his beachfront house on Venice Boardwalk for the Lover Riders to prepare care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Love Ride organizers Liz and Bertie getting ready for Love Ride 2016.

Preparing care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders finally ready for Love Ride 2016.

Love Ride organizers Liz and Bertie with Lawrence, who very kindly lent his beachfront house on Venice Boardwalk for the Lover Riders to prepare care packages for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders before departing on Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders before departing on Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders Lindsay and Gabe before departing on Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders arriving at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider DeeDee at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders distributing care packages to the homeless on Venice Boardwalk during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders distributing care packages to the homeless on Venice Boardwalk during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders distributing care packages to the homeless at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders preparing to depart the first distribution point on Navy St for Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders making their way to the next distribution point during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider Tani during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders making their way to the next distribution point during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders pulling into the Dudley Avenue distribution point during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders getting ready to distribute care packages at Dudley Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Tribute to a fallen Love Rider on one of the support cars during Love Ride 2016

Love Riders getting ready to distribute care packages at Dudley Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at Dudley Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at Dudley Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders getting ready to distribute care packages at Sunset Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider DeeDee at Sunset Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders getting ready to distribute care packages at Sunset Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider Lindsay at Sunset Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider Lindsay distributing care packages on Venice Boardwalk during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders preparing to depart Sunset Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders making their way to the next distribution point during Love Ride 2016.

The youngest Love Rider making her way to the next distribution point during Love Ride 2016.

Mother and daughter Love Riders ready to distribute care packages at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders distributing care packages on Venice Boardwalk during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders Anael and Barbara on Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider organizers Anael and Liz on Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider organizer Anael with his mother on Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Homeless picking out clothes at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders helping homeless pick out clothes at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

One of the homeless at Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider organizer Anael on Wave Crest Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders making their way to the next distribution point during Love Ride 2016.

Some of the homeless sorting through clothes at Brooks Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Some of the homeless sorting through clothes at Brooks Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Some of the homeless sorting through clothes at Brooks Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Some of the homeless sorting through clothes at Brooks Avenue during Love Ride 2016.

Love Riders at 17th Avenue on Love Ride 2016.

Love Rider Naomi and her tattoo on Love Ride 2016.

Three generations of Lover Riders on Love Ride 2016.

The Riders at the end of Love Ride 2016.

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