HOUSTON -

Wearing a zoot suit and standing in a low rider taxi, Houston's Pancho Claus once again hit the streets, handing out gifts and delighting children and adults alike.

“It's always a joy to see Pancho Claus and see the smiles on these kids' faces," said Rick Bennevendo of Houston. "He always brings joy to the kids and it's great to see that.”

Richard Reyes is Houston's version of Pancho Claus. He said it all began 32 years ago when he performed a play. Since then, it's grown into a month long series of events that includes the gift-giving procession through neighborhoods.

“If you're going to get toys from a neighborhood center, you've got to in October to register. So a lot of parents didn't find the time or remember. This is a good surprise on Christmas Day,” said Reyes.