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LINDALE (KYTX) - East Texans aren't waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas day, they're bringing him to you -- right now.

Santa's made a stop in Lindale tonight, to see those kids that may not get the chance to see him otherwise.

As soon as Mobile Santa pulls into a neighborhood, kids come running.

"I want Darth Vader Lego, Ford, and a monster truck," says Colter Maya.

"Never seen it before," says his mother, Rachael Maya.

It's a new concept to Maya and her two boys.

But the twinkling santa shop on wheels has brought in 4,000 kids to meet and greet jolly old Saint Nick in the last 3 years.

"Last year alone 2,500. That was spectacular. Seems to just grow and grow and grow every year. It's really great," says Joanna Voyles, a coordinator for Mobile Santa.

The concept? Brining Santa to kids who may not be able to go to him, or afford the pictures at the mall.

It's the idea of the pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Lindale.

From the stockings hung with care, to the dancing elves and reindeer.

"We really wanted to bring that atmosphere to the kids, we're standing on the street, yet when they step inside, they're stepping into a place they are loved," says Voyles.

"We don't really go to the mall much, so they don't get to go to the mall and see santa. So this is the only chance," says Maya.

"We we're sitting right there by the window and saw them pull up and there was santa. I thought, 'how great is that?' We get to come out and see santa, hadn't seen him yet this year, and give him our list and get a picture made," says Julie Moorman, a mother.

All a gift from the volunteers running the show.

"I wanted a pair of boots for Christmas," says Jolie Moorman.

Keeping the spirit of the season glowing in those who love it most.

"I liked how nice he was and the hot cocoa they gave us," says Moorman.

You still have a chance to catch Mobile Santa, they'll be out for 4 more days in Minneola and Van to wish everyone a 'Merry Christmas.'

Of course organizers of Mobile Santa hope it continue to grow.

And they tell us other cities hope to join in too.

All of the money used to reach the community has come from donations.

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