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Nicholls residents get secret Santa surprise

Police in Nicholls were pulling people over and calling folks into the station, but not for the reason you think. (Source: WALB) Police in Nicholls were pulling people over and calling folks into the station, but not for the reason you think. (Source: WALB)
A generous, anonymous donor gave the city $8,000, which officers split up and handed out to 80 people. (Source: WALB) A generous, anonymous donor gave the city $8,000, which officers split up and handed out to 80 people. (Source: WALB)
Aletha McMillon (Source: WALB) Aletha McMillon (Source: WALB)
Chief of Police Jamie Merritt (Source: WALB) Chief of Police Jamie Merritt (Source: WALB)
Frank Tims (Source: WALB) Frank Tims (Source: WALB)
NICHOLLS, GA (WALB) -

Police officers in the Coffee County town of Nicholls spent the last two days delivering holiday cheer to unsuspecting residents. 

A generous, anonymous donor gave the city $8,000, which officers split up and handed out to 80 people who were grateful for some Christmas cash.

Aletha McMillon's fall had been riddled with tragedy.

In September she had to bury her daughter, and the next month, her mother passed.

And just days before Christmas, she was struggling to figure out how she would join her family in North Carolina.

"I had $25 in my pocket, I said, 'Lord that is not going to get me to midway.'" explained McMillon.

And then, the Nichols Police Department handed her $100. 

The City's secret Santa project spent the past couple of days surprising residents like McMillon with cash.

"We're just giving back, showing that police officers care." said Chief of Police Jamie Merritt with the Nichols Police Department.

Some residents were pulled over before they were surprised, others like Frank Tims were called over to city hall and asked to wait.

"I ain't know what they wanted. I know I ain't did nothing," said Tims.

The 83-year-old has lived in Nichols since 1951.

Like many of the recipients, it was the first time he left an interaction with a cop $100 richer.

He plans to spend his money on gifts for his children.

As for the other 79 recipients, many needed the boost just to make it through the holiday season.

"I was going to do a homemade, but now I don't have to. They'll be happy, because my craft is not that good," said McMillon.

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