El Dia de Los Niño’s translates to Children’s Day for most of us. But to Santa, it’s just another Christmas stop in Texas.
Premont is a small Texas town steep in heritage from the old cowboy days past. But never fail, Santa finds his way to Premont the second Sunday in December of every year. Santa and Mrs. Claus passed out presents to all the children in the small community.
According to El Dia de Los Niño’s President, Wayne Shult, this will be the 14th annual event, but we were doing this for four years prior to forming the organization. So actually, we have been doing this for 18 years. It’s all about the children, and that’s why we do this. Just to see the smiles on their faces when they get presents and talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus makes it all worthwhile. He also stated that since the loss of the oil field industry has impacted this area, they had to severely cut back on activities at this event. But, due to contributions, donations and volunteers, it came together.
We did receive generously from the following; PRIDE (Premont Residents Involved in Dynamic Education) Organization, Right of Way, Jetta Operations, L.O. Construction Inc., Greater State Bank of Falfurrias, Cowboy Country Credit Union of Premont, THL Hand Lease Service, Pete Hornby, Howell Cattle Ranch, Wilkinson Veterinary, Joel and Laura Morales, Wayne and Glenda Shult of Shult Enterprises, Stephanie Haynes, Walmart Organization, HEB Food Stores, Oasis Restaurant, Schneider Brothers, Mark & Irma Sain, Emede Garcia County Commissioner Precinct 4, Randal Ruttledge, Beto Recio, Tomas Canales, Jim Wells County Sheriff Department, Hidalgo Baptist Church, Heritage Church, Diamond G., Agapito and Maryann Ramirez, Premont Fire and Police Department’s for giving Santa a ride. I hope I didn’t forget anyone, and we want to thank each and every contributor list above for helping us make this day special for the children.
This year we also gave away about 50 small bicycles while the children munched on hot dogs and drinks provided by two of our local churches. As music filled the air and children played with their toys, Santa and Mrs. Claus quietly flew away on their sled pulled by the tiny reindeer.