Mystery man and police spread holiday cheer

The holiday season seems to bring out the best in people.

Each year, around this time, a wealthy businessman gives out about $100,000 to various strangers he thinks are in need of financial assistance. This season, he enlisted the help of the Jackson County, Mo., sheriff’s department, reported the CBS Evening News.

Not looking for any glory or praise, the man keeps his identity a mystery. Even the officers helping him this year don’t know his identity, referring to him only as “Secret Santa.”

Earlier this month the man handed officers hundred-dollar bills and advised them to give it to those they believed needed it most.

So the cops set out to target those that seemed to need a helping hand.

One by one, the officers turned on the flashing lights every driver dreads and pulled over the unsuspecting recipients.

The joy they expressed was heart-warming.

One driver, Jessica Rodriguez, who is a mother of three, was particularly grateful.

“How you doing, m’am?” the officer asked her.

“I’m good until you pulled me over,” she replied.

“OK, well, on behalf of Secret Santa, he wants you to have this, OK?” he said while handing her a $100 bill.

“I wasn’t going to be able to get my kids anything,” she told the officer through tears.

When asked what he wanted the officers to get out of the experience, Secret Santa said “joy.”

“You know, as tough as they are, they have hearts that are bigger than the world,” he said.

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Carmine Sabia


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