Community organizations spread the joy of Christmas
With his thick salt and pepper beard, Sotero “Shorty” Villarreal Sr. could almost pass for Santa – if Santa was driving a 1992 Chevy Silverado lowrider.
On Christmas morning, the father-of-four drove a small convoy of cars through eastern Aldine, delivering thousands of toys, dolls, basketballs and bags of goodies to children who might otherwise s ‘pass it. The 30-year tradition of Juguetes Para el Barrio, or ‘Toys for the Neighborhood’, is a cherished holiday ritual for Villarreal and the members of its Latin Fantasy Lowrider Club, who collect toys year round in anticipation of the hours of the day. party.