Children, families come together to see Pancho Clos

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Alicia Longoria came riding out of the Maggie Trejo Supercenter on a Lil’ Gem purple, pink and white bicycle, pleased with the gift she got from Pancho Clos Sunday afternoon.

Wearing a bright purple jacket, she smiled as she rode.

“It makes me feel happy,” she expressed, as receiving the bicycle was a surprise she was not expecting. She received several other gifts as well.

Children who received bicycles were chosen at random, according to Ray Salas, a member of Los Carnales bike club, and also one of the head organizers for the Pancho Clos event. Salas said the bicycles are only some of the gifts that many children were able to receive this year, thanks to businesses who offer their support, such as Los Carnales, La Familia, The Lawn Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Walmart on South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue and United Supermarkets, The Community Foundation of West Texas, Reagor Dykes Auto Group and Warden McAdams from the Dalby unit in Post.

Pancho Clos has participated in seeing children of all ages at the Maggie Trejo Supercenter for many years. Hundreds of children, along with their families, were eager to see Pancho Clos, even with the weather still in the freezing temperatures as of Sunday afternoon.

“We had a lot of big help from Walmart,” he said. “That’s where we buy majority of the toys. When we go up there, they have a register just for us.”

He said when it was ready for check out, there were 27 baskets full of toys.

Robert Narbaez, Pancho Clos coordinator, has been involved with celebrating Pancho Clos in the community since its beginning 45 years ago.

He said Pancho Clos also went to Children Protective Services on Saturday to see children, and the made his way to North Lubbock to see all of the children who were ready to receive gifts.

Olga Aguero squeezed through the crowded lines to get photos of children receiving gifts from Pancho Clos — her husband was one of the founders of the annual event.

She said she this was one of the late Bidal Aguero’s favorite events. He passed away in 2009.

Olga helps with the donations that are being solicited.

“If it wasn’t for those kind of contributions,” she said, “this wouldn’t be a reality. We always try to say thank you.”

{Source: Lubbockonline.com}