Santa Claus and Pancho Clos Stop in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/25/08

Santa Claus and Pancho Clos Stop in Lubbock

You won't hear sleigh bells. It's not your typical sleigh, but it's Pastor Johnny Perez's way of letting neighbors know Santa is here.

Volunteers met Christmas morning at the Church of the Blessed to load around 3000 gifts donated by church members. "Today is a day of giving. Giving back to people that are less fortunate," says Pastor Johnny Perez. In addition to the toys, volunteers will be passing out gift bags of fruit and peanuts to the elderly so as to not leave anyone out.

One volunteer thought all she was going to do was pass out presents. Pastor Perez told the congregation that there was a special announcement. Little did she know she was about to get a wonderful surprise. "Will you marry me?" Speechless, the volunteer said yes.

The streets were filled with people and cars spreading Christmas cheer. As the honks got louder families came to their front yards to see what was going on. Children received presents such as dolls and bikes.

Without volunteers, Perez says the day wouldn't be possible. "It fulfills you. Giving back is so awesome. It's better than receiving and gives you more than what you expect," says Sandra Sandistevan. Santa and Pancho Claus agree. "To see the little kids faces when they see us giving them a little bit or something like a toy touches your heart," said Santa. "Just seeing the smiles is a blessing to us," said Pancho Claus.

Pat Perez says they thought about not doing the toy drive because of the economy. "My husband said I think this is the year we need to go out and show them that we didn't get affected by it and that we're giving out toys and there's that same spirit of giving," says Perez.

The children were happy to see Santa and get presents but know that today is about more than that. "It's like about getting together with the family and the start of a new year," said one young recipient.

A Million Thanks.org
Show your appreciation to the men and women serving in the United States Military via this website.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:53:41 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:36:13 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.
  • In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 9:35 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:35:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

  • Lubbock's oldest record shop standing strong despite drastic music changes

    Lubbock's oldest record shop standing strong despite drastic music changes

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:15:41 GMT

    It's been a Hub City original nearly 40-years-old and its the go-to place to find records and vinyls, but with people's listening habits constantly changing it has led some people to turn their backs on these timeless pieces.

    It's been a Hub City original nearly 40-years-old and its the go-to place to find records and vinyls, but with people's listening habits constantly changing it has led some people to turn their backs on these timeless pieces.

Powered by Frankly