Pancho Claus spreads Christmas cheer

A Houston tradition, Pancho Claus passed out toys to needy families

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HOUSTON - He's a Houston tradition and once again, Pancho Claus is making the rounds for children in need.

Pancho Claus passed out toys to needy families at the Meca Cultural Center on Kane Street in east Houston, Monday. He arrived in his signature 1976 El Dorado Convertible Cadillac.

"A lot of these families don't have a lot to give to their children," said Bridgett Macias, coordinator for the Pancho Claus events. "When they see Pancho Claus, their little eyes just glow and they're just so happy."

Macias said she's been volunteering with the group for four years. She said she thinks it's one of the better Christmas traditions in the Houston area.

"It's giving back to the community. Not everybody is expecting it. Not everybody knows about it," said Macias. "You get to see the individuals. You see the happiness whenever they come to get their gifts."

Pancho Claus said he feels greatly rewarded for what he does.

"Just watching the little kids dance, and the grandmother's with tears in their eyes because they got Christmas presents this Christmas. It's just been a very beautiful, humbling experience," said Pancho Claus.

Pancho Claus will be out on Christmas day starting at 10:30 a.m., distributing toys to inner-city kids. He'll be accompanied by Houston Low Riders, Taxis Fiesta and Precinct 6 Constables.

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