West Side man delivers Christmas trees to families in need

SAN ANTONIO – For three years, Leonard Alvarado has made it his mission to deliver Christmas trees to families in need.

"I take it out of the box in front of them," Alvarado said. "I stand it up. I put the lights on it. I put the decorations on it and I count to three, and we turn the tree on and everybody's eyes are like, 'Ahh!' It's a good feeling."

On Wednesday, Alvarado brought the Christmas spirit to Samantha Solis and her four children.

"I just moved here about two weeks ago," Solis said. "I didn't think my kids were going to have a Christmas tree."

The kids also received a surprise visit from Santa Claus.

"I want to thank you guys for being here," Solis said to Alvarado and his helpers.

Alvarado said he wishes he could do more.

"It's been kind of slow here at the shop, so some hiccups through the year and stuff," Alvarado said. "Last year, I did 13 families. The year before that, I did 10 families and this year, I'm doing five. If things get better, I'll go back to the same families and give them gifts."

However, Solis said she is thankful for the Christmas cheer he shared Wednesday.

Solis' family is the fourth family Alvarado has delivered Christmas to this year. He plans on surprising another family on Friday and next year, he's hoping he can help out even more families.

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