Under the direction of a man known only as “Secret Santa,” police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, went on a mission to pull over random drivers and make their holiday season a little more cheerful.
CBS News reports that every year, Secret Santa takes $100,000 worth of $100 bills and hands them out to complete strangers in the hopes of helping people who truly need it during the holiday season. This year, however, he decided to enlist the help of Kansas City police officers.
After being given hundred dollar bills to hand out at random, the officers patrolled the streets of the city looking for unsuspecting citizens to give the cash to. Most drivers reacted with shock and surprise and were beyond grateful for the gift given to them by Secret Santa.
“How you doing, m'am?” a deputy asked one woman, Jessica Rodriguez, as he pulled her over, according to CBS News.
“I'm good until you pulled me over,” Rodriguez, a mother of three, responded.
“Okay, well, on behalf of Secret Santa, he wants you to have this, OK?” the officer informed her.
Surprised, the woman said she could now get her children gifts for Christmas.
“I wasn't going to be able to get my kids anything,” the woman said, full of gratitude. The gesture ultimately left her in tears.
CBS News reports that the Secret Santa’s goal in asking the officers to perform this generous act is that it fills them with holiday spirit.
“Joy," Secret Santa told reporter Steve Hartman when asked what he wanted the officers to get out of the job. "You know, as tough as they are they have hearts that are bigger than the world."