Florida police, deputies play Secret Santa, surprise strangers with gift cards

Northeast Florida law enforcement shared their good deeds with #904SecretSanta


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's that time of year again: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers hit the streets Wednesday to surprise unsuspecting people with gift cards for the holidays.

For the second straight year, officers disguised as "police elves" played Secret Santa and spread some holiday cheer by handing out $100 gift cards to complete strangers.

Officers Melissa Bujeda and Christian Hancock, the agency's public information officers, were just some of the elves making the rounds. They floored people, like Katia, with unexpected gifts.

Jacksonville police weren't the only ones embracing the season of giving. St. Johns County deputies were also out in force for the holidays, particularly to those struggling to make ends meet.

Cpl. Greg Suchy ran into Lacy Estaphan at Chick-fil-A. Estaphan, a full-time nursing student, works to support her two younger sisters after their father died -- and gave her a $100 gift card.

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