By BILL SCHNIER
While the specific details of his itinerary are unknown, we do know that sometime after Santa left the North Pole on Christmas Eve to begin his magical journey around the globe, he indeed found time to stop in Laguna Vista and put holiday smiles on the faces of 27 local children.
Escorted by the Laguna Vista police and fire departments, Santa and Mrs. Claus (Chuck and Pam Jakosa), accompanied by Christmas Elf Xander Escamilla (age 3), made visits to the h omes of numerous families in the community to deliver a total of 27 new bicycles and assorted toys, all donated by local residents.
Laguna Vista has long been known as a family-oriented community where neighbors are always willing to help each other. 2010 marks the fourth year that the community-wide effort, nicknamed “JAKOSA’S ARMY”, has taken place, and this year was bigger than ever. What started as a one person campaign in 2007, has now blossomed into a community-wide effort that has made dreams come true for over 50 boys and girls in the town, many of whose families would be unable to afford new bicycles on their own.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 27 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.