What first began as a simple kind gesture has turned into an annual holiday tradition.

El Paso Border Patrol agents teamed up with Santa and the city’s Parks and Recreation department to deliver gifts to children in the Chihuahuita neighborhood on Friday.

The tradition kicked off 26 years ago, and agents haven’t stopped since.

“That’s one of the reasons why we keep coming back and keep doing this, the smiles on those kids’ faces,” Border Patrol Spokesperson Carlos Antunez told KTSM. “We also see that this is a community in need…this is where we want to be providing those gifts.”

Border Patrol officials say such events help the agents maintain a good relationship with the community.