The local chapter of the National Pan American Golf Association held its annual meet and greet today.
This morning, they opened their doors at 801 Horne Road to hundreds of students from West Oso Independent School District.
The children met Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus who gave them goodie bags with coloring books, crayons, pencils and fruit.
It’s something the golf association has been doing since 1972.
The group’s President, Armando Caceres, Jr. said his group has been able to keep the tradition going because of the support they receive from the community.
“The tradition continues because of the great support number one of the volunteers. Number two, the personnel from the Sheriff’s Department provides services for us. We have city council members, the Sheriff himself came out and sat with us along with dignitaries from the city and the port,” Caceres added, “We have great support from Andrews Distributing, Texas Bridge Credit Union. They’ve been with us for years. Because of them and the support they give us and the volunteers, this has been going on for years.”
He said the event brings joy to the kids and the volunteers who put this event together every year. “You can see the smiles on their faces when they go up to Santa. That itself is fulfilling for myself and for everybody here,” Caceres said.