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Scranton Police Decide To Secret Santa Citizens During Traffic Stops

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Police in Scranton, Penn. are spreading Christmas cheer by pulling drivers over and handing out presents.

Scranton police officers are acting as Secret Santas, passing out gifts instead of tickets when they pull drivers over, reports WHNT 19.

Officers plan to keep up the effort until Christmas, handing out gift cards from different pizza parlors that have partnered with the department’s Secret Santa efforts.

One patrolman, Nick Hurchik, waited out in freezing temperatures to find drivers to hand out gifts to. He eventually found the perfect candidate, a mother with a child in the car.

He pulled over Paulette Bobersky, who said it was a good experience for her child to learn that police officers are good people.

“I thought my light was green. It was really good, especially … having a child in the car. It’s nice for him to know that police officers are good and they do good for us,” Bobersky said.

Other police departments have also joined the holiday effort. An anonymous donor gave officers with the Kansas City Police Department money to give to families in need.

One officer, James Turney, gave a homeless woman and her two children, who were living in a motel, $1,000. In total, the officers gave out almost $30,000 to people in need in Kansas City.

“We have angels in heaven, but here you are the angels. You can touch us,” one woman said.

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