Local veterans and their families got a surprise early visit from Saint Nick today.
The Christmas for Veterans event took place at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in North Bakersfield this morning.
Three veterans and their families were treated to breakfast before Santa Claus himself appeared, surprising the vets with early presents.
Veteran Josh Conner and hotel owner Raju Verma organized the event with the assistance of the Wounded Heroes Fund.
“The reaction was amazing, said Conner. “The kids lit up, especially when Mrs. Claus read them a book near the Christmas tree. I wasn’t expecting that so it brought tears to my eye.”