CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- A hundred dollars at a time, Clackamas County deputies are sharing some holiday cash. Out on secret Santa patrol, and the first stop is a bus stop, to check on a young man waiting for a ride to get to work.
Sheriff Craig Roberts says it started a couple of years ago, when a couple of generous women gave them money to hand out to people who could use it. It’s grown. The women’s donation this year: more than $6,000.
“To have these ladies come forward and be so generous to make this happen, and we couldn’t do it without their support… it is just absolutely amazing to have this opportunity to do this for individuals in our community,” said Roberts.
On Wednesday Sgt. Brian Jensen showed KGW how it’s done.
“How about if I give you 100 dollars, does that help?” Jensen asked Debbie Martin along Southeast 82nd Avenue. Martin was just walking along, minding her own business, when Jensen pulled up.
“I thought what’d I do,” she said with a laugh.
Instead of trouble, Martin got a hundred dollars. She was on her way to shop at the Salvation Army store, and now she had a good question to have to answer for herself.
"I’m trying to figure out what can I get… it’s a hundred dollars I didn’t have a minute ago, so that’s pretty good,” said Martin.
The holiday time giveaway makes deputies feel good, too.
“Hopefully this will put a smile on their face, I mean this is really what this is all about is making people feel good," said Jensen, who added, “for me personally, this feels great!”
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spreads the money out through different divisions. For example, some of the donations go out to families in need through its civil division.