CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx. — Texas Rangers' catcher, Jose Trevino, sure knows how to make an entrance. The former Corpus Christi baseball star and current MLB player set the tone for his 3rd annual toy drive and baseball camp by arriving via helicopter dressed as Santa.
Today, Trevino was a real life Santa. His camp fee today was not money but each participant was required to bring two unwrapped, unopened presents that Trevino will be donating the children in need.
"Everyone loves toys that's what I always say," Trevino said. "I think it puts a smile on kids faces and it is nice to see a toy under the tree during Christmas time."
Today's toy drive and camp saw a number of Corpus Christi baseball stars come and help. Former Moody Trojan and current catcher in the San Diego Padres' system, Michael Cantu, was in attendance as were plenty of high school stars from the area. It was a true display of the star power in Coastal Bend baseball and Trevino says he loves coming back home to see the kids and the rising stars.
"I love coming back home to Corpus, to South Texas," he said. "It's a great turnout and I love getting to connect with the young ones."
Along with the toy drive, baseball players ages 5-12 made their way to the Oso Pony Fields for the event where the players taught them the basics of the game. From groundballs to hitting off the tee, kids made the most of learning the game from some of the best the area has to offer.
The toy drive and camp has grown tremendously since its inception two years ago and Trevino, who already proved he is full of surprises, thinks there is even more to come for this great event in future years.