Pancho Claus returns to SE Houston for Christmas

December 26, 2009 4:19:20 AM PST
Every Houstonian knows it wouldn't be Christmas without a visit from Pancho Claus. For the 28th year in a row, Richard Reyes cruised down the streets of southeast Houston in his famous low rider, giving away presents. Those people getting the gifts say this is one of the great things about their neighborhood.

"This is something special, man," said East End resident Freddie Rivera. "This is a piece of us, I mean, for real, the Second Ward, the East End, whatever you want to call it, that's us."

Reyes says that while it's true more families are in need this year because of the recession, he's also seen more people respond to the call for donations to help those families.

Reyes made his annual trip to hand out toys, despite suffering a heart attack earlier this year.