Albany Police Chief delivers gifts as "Santa Cop"

Albany Police Chief delivers gifts as "Santa Cop"

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Chief is spreading holiday cheer to several people in the community and he's teamed up with an Albany photographer to do it.

Pastor Yaz Johnson captured priceless moments of people getting surprised with some early Christmas gifts. It's called "Through the Eye of a Camera Santa Cop."

Guess who's at the door? It's Buster the Elf and Santa Cop.

"We see the need in the community, so we went out and we just were surprising people with gifts," said Yaz Johnson, Pastor/Photographer.

"Anytime we can partner with somebody to help bring some cheer, some good news or a good endeavor to the public then I'm all about that," said Michael Persley, Albany Police Chief.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley wore his Santa Hat along with Yaz Johnson who dressed up as "Buster the Elf." Their first stop was at Johnny Anderson's home. Brooks Furniture delivered a recliner to Anderson who was very appreciative of his gift.

"Thank You," said Johnny Anderson.

They also made a random traffic stop to surprise a driver with a gift card.

"Even though this a holiday season and it's a lot that we have to do in reference to crime," said Persley. "Sometimes we do want to do things that can help somebody out."

Johnson partnered with different businesses like Sam's Club, K-Mart, Golden Corral and Ruby Tuesday to supply gift cards to different recipients. Alexis Thomas and Lakwaun Stanton say they were completely caught off guard.

"Thanks everyone for the gift card and my daughter will truly like it," said Alexis Thomas, Recipient.

"Merry Christmas to everybody and I hope y'all have a good holiday," said Lakwaun Stanton, Recipient.

Johnson and Persley say it was a good feeling to put a smile on someone's face.

"To see people happy and surprised, scared maybe at first, but all in all they were very happy," said Johnson.

"Any opportunity that instead of looking at us as authority but they can look at us as a resource and we're doing something nice that's a great thing," said Persley.

WZBN Praise 105.5 was also a partner in the event. Johnson says he plans to do it again next year.

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