(Seguin) -- Move over Santa! There's a new sheriff in town. His name....Sheriff Claus. Sheriff Claus, a.k.a Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke, for the last several years has ensured that residents in Guadalupe County nursing homes receive a special gift during Christmastime.
Although he does arrive in a patrol vehicle and doesn't come down the chimney, Sheriff Claus still excites people as he suprises the residents and staff at the nursing homes by coming through the front door with a little help from his singing elves.
"Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus Lane...," sing the elves.
Among his stops this year was Nesbit Living & Recovery Center. The first to be greeted was local resident Ellen Neimeyer. Neimeyer says unlike others, she has never stopped believing in Santa.
"Well, I'm a kid at heart,” said Neimeyer. I love seeing Santa and I just believe everything he says.”
When asked what was in her gift package, Neimeyer responds, “I don't know, I'm fixing to find out. This right here. I don't know what this is, oh, a blanket. Yes and I can put it on my legs while I'm sitting in this chair.”
Also surprised and thankful for Sheriff Claus' visit was local resident Charlene Green. Green couldn't have been more appreciative to all those who helped spread a little Christmas cheer.
"Being in a nursing home, I can use every one of these gifts. We're so happy that everyone is here with us. It's very nice. I want to thank everyone for coming. The singing was just wonderful. Seeing Santa was great. I wish my three grandsons were here to see it, but they'll see Santa I'm sure, because they're three good boys. I'm sure Santa will be visiting them," said Green.
As for Sheriff Claus, the reward is being able to bring the magic of the season to each and everyone of these special individuals.
"Probably, the most precious thing is when they look at you and I see that child smile twinkle in the eyes. That it is so awesome when they tell you I believe in you. I think that's pretty awesome in itself for the people that paved our way. Like I said earlier to brighten their day if only for a few minutes. I think it's very important and very rewarding to us," said Zwicke.
After two full days of delivering gifts to more than 580 nursing home residents, Sheriff Claus says he couldn't be more thankful to all those who have helped continue his wish of reaching these very important Guadalupe County residents.
"This program is supported by a lot of folks that seems to be getting bigger and bigger. We've had donations from Wal-Mart, GRMC, Dr. (Jerry) Castilleja, Council Lady Jet Crabb, numerous others as well as employees holding that giant garage sale at the Justice Center one Saturday. It’s just gaining momentum. We got a call this morning that there was a $500 check dropped off from Seguin RV, dropped one off the other day. There was a donation left this morning. There was a donation coming in this afternoon. People are believing in a great cause and we certainly appreciate that," said Zwicke.
Sheriff Claus also thanks his elves, a variety of employees at the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office, for their dedication in singing and helping to hand out presents.
Donations for the Sheriff Claus program are accepted year round. Other nursing homes visited this year included Guadalupe Valley Nursing Center, Hacienda Oaks Nursing and Rehab, Windsor Nursing and Rehab Center; Autumn Winds in Schertz and Remarkable Healthcare.