With her one-year-old daughter in tow, Alton resident Berlin Silguero reached a major milestone as a mother: her child’s first photo with Santa Clause.
Silguero took her daughter, Evelyn, to take a photo with Santa Clause Tuesday at Alton’s Lone Star National Bank. Though the shoot got off to a rocky start as Evelyn cried as soon as she saw Santa, Silguero was able to calm her down as soon as she posed next to her daughter.
Silguero’s family was one of the many who arrived at Alton’s Lone Star National Bank Tuesday, located at 605 S. Alton Blvd., to take a photo with Santa. As the Alton location opened last summer, the bank celebrated its first Christmas event in the city.
“It’s just something to say hi with to the community and get them in the Christmas spirit,” Pamela Montemayor, community relations coordinator for Lone Star said at the event.
As part of the event, children took photos with Santa and the Lone Star National Bank mascot Cowboy Cash. Families got their photos with Santa printed within minutes of the photo.
Dressed as Santa for the photo ops was Lone star Advisory Board Member Jorge Medina, Montemayor said.
Montemayor noted that the bank had similar events earlier in the week at their Rio Grande City and Brownsville locations and have plans for similar Pictures with Santa events in their Pharr and McAllen locations later this month.
The bank is also participating in a toy drive through Dec. 21, the public is invited to donate new and unopened toys to Lone Star National Bank locations that will then be gifted to children on Christmas Day, Montemayor said.
Among the other attendees was Myra Herrera, who was driving her 5-year-old daughter Leah home until she drove past the bank and saw that photos with Santa were happening at the bank.
“And I just had to make a U-turn and drive to the bank,” Herrera said, “Photos with Santa is a tradition that I do for all three of my kids. It’s something fun and relaxing that reminds every one of the joy of the holidays and how much fun I had as a kid doing it.”