With the enlistment of Santa Claus the Rotary Club of Alice gave local children Christmas gifts on Wednesday at the Alice Country Club.

The children rushed to give Santa hugs as he called each child's name.

Several children had smiles that beamed from ear to ear while some hesitated. However, they all sat on Santa's knee for a Christmas picture.

The members of the Rotary Club donated gifts such as bikes, clothing and toys to each child.

The children took a bus ride to the Country Club and Alice Independent School District employees waited with trailers to haul the children's bicycles back to their schools.

The children opened their gifts and thanked Santa for his generosity.