Shawnee police on mission to hand out $100 bills from Secret Santa

Shawnee police are on a secret mission this week on behalf of Secret Santa. An anonymous donor wants to make the holidays a little brighter for residents and the officers help make that happen.Shawnee police Master Officer Matt Sumpter has been serving his community for more than 20 years. Wednesday’s assignment is his favorite, surprising unsuspecting residents with a little extra cash for Christmas.”I would like for you to have some of Secret Santa’s money. I have a $100 bill with your name on it,” Sumpter told one woman.For five years now, an anonymous donor has given thousands of dollars to the city to spread a little joy at Christmas time.”Still in shock, a little tears. I appreciate and I thank you so much,” the woman said.Sumpter believes everybody can use a little help this time of year, especially during a pandemic.”The thing that I’ve learned is everyone has a story, everybody. You just never know what somebody else’s dealing with,” Sumpter said.Like a mother of four who just moved here and has no family in the area.”I would like you to have this from Secret Santa. I am serious,” Sumpter said.The money will buy Christmas presents for her children.”Woo. I’m like a little bit in shock. This does not happen every day to people at all so it’s a blessing,” said the woman named Rebecca.”We love doing this, you know, and going out there and contacting people in the community and helping them out is just what we’re all about doing,” Sumpter said.He said he wishes he could be Santa’s helper every day.”It can make a big difference in someone’s life,” Sumpter said.Very few people know the identity of the generous Secret Santa. He describes himself as an anonymous Shawnee resident who’s been blessed. Every officer in the department received $100 bills to give out and the secret mission continues through Christmas.

Shawnee police are on a secret mission this week on behalf of Secret Santa. An anonymous donor wants to make the holidays a little brighter for residents and the officers help make that happen.

Shawnee police Master Officer Matt Sumpter has been serving his community for more than 20 years. Wednesday’s assignment is his favorite, surprising unsuspecting residents with a little extra cash for Christmas.

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“I would like for you to have some of Secret Santa’s money. I have a $100 bill with your name on it,” Sumpter told one woman.

For five years now, an anonymous donor has given thousands of dollars to the city to spread a little joy at Christmas time.

“Still in shock, a little tears. I appreciate and I thank you so much,” the woman said.

Sumpter believes everybody can use a little help this time of year, especially during a pandemic.

“The thing that I’ve learned is everyone has a story, everybody. You just never know what somebody else’s dealing with,” Sumpter said.

Like a mother of four who just moved here and has no family in the area.

“I would like you to have this from Secret Santa. I am serious,” Sumpter said.

The money will buy Christmas presents for her children.

“Woo. I’m like a little bit in shock. This does not happen every day to people at all so it’s a blessing,” said the woman named Rebecca.

“We love doing this, you know, and going out there and contacting people in the community and helping them out is just what we’re all about doing,” Sumpter said.

He said he wishes he could be Santa’s helper every day.

“It can make a big difference in someone’s life,” Sumpter said.

Very few people know the identity of the generous Secret Santa. He describes himself as an anonymous Shawnee resident who’s been blessed. Every officer in the department received $100 bills to give out and the secret mission continues through Christmas.