• St. Augustine police gives away Secret Santa gifts to community

    By: Deanna Bettineschi , Action News Jax


    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Officers at the St. Augustine Police Department helped unload a truck full of gifts after a Secret Santa dropped them off.

    Officers had set up a room where families in need can pick up last-minute gifts to make their families holiday a little brighter.

    “A lot of people don’t have things now. The hurricane set back everything. This is a great help for  us,” said Cleveland Powell, who stopped by the police department.

    Powell and his wife Deborah were able to get a few gifts for their grandchildren. “I got Hello Kittys for my three granddaughters and two grandsons,” he said.

    Officers said the Secret Santa saved Christmas for many neighbors.

    “We had one lady who specifically said she called several organizations asking for help and they were all out, so we were lucky to get that delivery today,” Officer Cecilia Aiple said.

    One woman, according to officers, said she didn’t have a car to get to the police station, so patrol officers will be delivering gifts to her.

    “We’re in the spirit and we wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to receive something,” Officer Dee Brown said.

    Officers said any toys left over will be passed out to local children by patrol officers.

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