HOLMES COUNTY – Holmes County Sheriff’s deputies were out and about, stopping random residents Thursday to help spread some Christmas cheer.

Three deputies were armed with a total of 20 gift cards worth $25 or $50 to give to unsuspecting drivers.

Sheriff John Tate spoke of wanting to give back to the residents of Holmes County.

“The holidays can be hard on some and we wanted to be able to help ease the burden,” said Tate.

One driver that was stopped said the gift card would help in more ways than could be imagined.

“This is such a blessing, thank you so much,” said Rani Mammana. “My sister recently became homeless. This is going to help get Christmas for our family.”

Another resident exclaimed, “I’m lucky. This has never happened to me before. Thank you so much!”

Three deputies in all, Tim Scott, Greg Johnson and Donnie Justice, made the “Santa stops" and also delivered some gifts to a local family in need.