Santa puts smiles on faces of poor children this Christmas

Dozens of children were visited by a Santa driving around in a low rider packed full of gifts
December 25, 2013 8:23:05 PM PST
When Santa wants to get around Houston, sometimes he takes his sleigh, and sometimes he takes a low rider. That's what dozens of children saw this Christmas Day.

"In the morning, I just heard, 'Get up! Get up! Get up!' put some clothes on and go outside! And I just saw the whole ruckus the low riders," Manuel Campos said.

When children hear the sirens and the music, they know that "Juguetes para el Barrio," which means "Toys for the Neighborhood" is back!

"I think it's pretty cool because some parents don't really get to give their kids presents, so in the morning they see all this and they're like oh wow what's happening and they're just handing out presents hats and everything," Campos said.

Volunteers, escorted by constables take toys and treats to low-income neighborhoods.

"It's fun and they give us gifts!" Frieda Vazquez said.

Children who wait all morning to hear them coming ran out to receive something to make their holiday brighter.

"We seen a big truck and we started running to it and they started giving out presents so like I was happy," Moses Sabala Jr. said.

The Latin Fantasy Low Rider Car Club has been doing this for 22 years in Houston, and this Christmas, they will hand out 3,000 presents to area children.

"There's a lot of kids they don't get toys for Christmas, so good thing Santa Claus is around," volunteer Steve Sabala said.

Earlier Wednesday, there were many smiling faces at Texas Children's Cancer Center when the kids see Marines walk through the doors. That's because they carried lots of toys donated by the generous people of Houston in their "Toys for Tots" drive. The Marines have been holding this toy drive for 65 years.

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