|Published:||Dec 24, 2012 10:16 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 24, 2012 10:55 PM EST|
Santa is spreading the Christmas cheer one kid at a time in Suncoast Estates in North Fort Myers.
What started as a small sleigh ride with candy canes is now a tradition that has families in Suncoast lining the streets for the past four years.
It's not Santa's traditional sleigh. Instead of nine reindeer its a truck. But these kids of Suncoast Estates don't care what kind of ride it is because it's seeing Santa that really matters.
"I'm excited, santa rules!," said one kid.
For the past four years George Tanner and his wife gather toy donations from across the community to deliver to children in this North Fort Myers neighborhood.
"We just try to bring Christmas to them instead of them having to run around and meet some schedule," said Tanner.
It takes him 40 hours just to assemble the truck and 20 more to decorate it. Tanner said this year, it almost didn't happen.
"I would say we probably have 65% of what we had last year," said Tanner.
But Santa and his elves pulled together to make sure these kids have a Merry Christmas.
"Some of these kids out here, it is low income families, we get nothing from Santa and a lot of people out here with no work," said mother Ricki Watley.
Santa gives out the perfect gifts to the kids who deserve them the most.
"Well he got his monster trucks, which he loves monster trucks, he likes spider man, she likes baby dolls," said grandfather Raymond McCullough.