Undercover 'elves' spread holiday cheer
Law enforcement officers give out $100 gift cards as part of #904SecretSanta
Santa Claus recruited several Northeast Florida law enforcement officers to act as his elves and spread holiday cheer Tuesday.
As part of #904SecretSanta, the Jacksonville, St. Johns County and Clay County sheriff's offices spent the day doing good deeds, which came in the form of $100 gift cards.
The "elves" surprised both children and adults. One of their stops was at Windy Hill Elementary School in Jacksonville.
"It was awesome. I was so shocked. Police officers came in and I though I was going to be in trouble," said Tena Gee, a first-grade teacher at Windy Hill who received a visit from Santa's little helpers.
According to sources at the North Pole, Gee was chosen because of her excellent work to help her 19 students believe in their dreams.
Though Gee was very thankful for the $100, she said there's no gift like helping her students grow.
"It was an awesome experience to receive the gift today. But the greatest reward that I always have is watching my children learn and seeing them progress every single day, learning more and more every single day, so that was my reward," Gee said.
And in true Christmas spirit, Gee will be paying her gift forward by spending the money on presents for her students.
All of the gift cards given out were bought with the help of donations.
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