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Sarah Hollenbeck speaks with a mother as she is handed the keys to a car from Car Santa.
Sarah Hollenbeck speaks with a local woman whose son wrote in to Cars 4 Christmas and got her a a new car for the holidays.
Car Santa Terry Franz talks about the process of giving out cars to deserving families during the holiday season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not quite Christmas yet, but Car Santa is already in action.
Terry Franz and his corporation, Cars 4 Christmas, gave cars to 20 families at Harrah's Hotel Friday morning.
Franz, or Car Santa as he's more widely-known, says Cars 4 Christmas gives out about 300 cars every year.
Some of the recipients knew they would be getting a car, but others thought they were coming to the hotel just to apply for a car.
Among those surprised was a mother taking care of two children who received a van with a wheelchair lift and a 16-year-old hotel employee who lives with three other people with no car.
To see some of the families who received cars Friday morning and to hear from Car Santa himself, click on the media player above.