Christmas toy giveaway from unexpected source

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 3:50pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:25am

On Christmas Day, and the United Cities Car Club is out in the hard-scrabble areas of Alamo to hand out toys. 

"They give us presents," said nine-year-old Jesus Zuniga. "I'd never seen cars come to our house and give presents out." 

Jesus is new to his neighborhood this year. But the kids who've been here recognize the club. 

This is its 10th year of collecting toys at its annual car show and giving them out to kids who need them. 

"This year, it's been hard and everything, but I have my family, that's all that matters right now," said 14-year-old Velice Velasquez.     

"It really does help a lot, you don't have any money, you can't really give them what you want, so they come and get this and it just puts a big smile on the kids' face," said Izabella Treviño, who lives in one of the neighborhoods United Cities visited on Wednesday. 

The club has been doing this for about ten years, in part to give back to those less-fortunate. The other part is to dispel the notion of the criminal car club. 

"People are always stereotyping us with low riders and we're trying to prove that we're not all bad people," United Cities member Cornelio Vasquez III said. "We are good people, and we've been doing this for 10 years."

All the members and their families will spend most of the day passing out more than 200 toys in four different locations in the Valley. The locations are chosen because they're the ones often overlooked. 

 

"It's a feeling that you never forget," Vasquez said. "When we were small, there used to be fire trucks coming into our neighborhoods, giving us candy, that's a special feeling we feel.  Now, when we're doing it for these kids." 

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