50 students from George Evans Elementary in Corpus Christi were treated to Santa Claus, stockings full of goodies, and brand new shoes and socks on Wednesday, Dec. 18 as part of the City's Adopt-A-School program.

The event, which was held at City Hall in the atrium, was put on by the City Assistance Team (CAT) and the Corpus Christi Employee Credit Union, who have partnered together for over 20 years to provide shoes and socks for local elementary students.

"Part of what our Credit Union does is serve city employees, so we felt that this was a way that we could help a volunteer group that does good things within the city itself; it's also a way to help the community, and to give back to the children," said Corpus Christi City Employee Credit Union President David Brooks. "It's always fun to see the smiles on the children's faces."

In the past, CAT and the Corpus Christi City Employee Credit Union would take the children to Payless ShoeSource to have them pick out their shoes. This year, the City wanted to make it extra special. Santa Claus made a special appearance, along with the help of the Credit Unions mascot Kirby, to hand out stockings filled with goodies to the 50 students from the City's Adopt-A-School, George Evans Elementary.

"This means a lot to these kids, because the student that received them were those whom we identified as needing new pairs of shoes," said George Evans Elementary Principal Bruce Wilson. "There was really a need for those families, so we put a list together. The City Assistance Team and the Credit Union helped us with giving these kids a happy Christmas with new shoes, and socks!"