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Sheriff’s office secret Santa effort hands out cash, not tickets

The Malheur County Sheriff's Office secret Santa program handed out $50 in cash to area residents over the holidays. (The Enterprise/FILE)

VALE – A woman was recently stopped for speeding by a Malheur County sheriff’s deputy.

A brake light was also out on her vehicle and her vehicle registration wasn’t up to date.

The woman explained to the deputy she held off on changing the registration because she wanted enough money to buy Christmas presents.

She expected a ticket.

Instead she received $50 in cash from the deputy.

She was one of a dozen or more area motorists who prospered over the holidays from the secret Santa program of the sheriff’s office.

The program – made possible by a donation to the sheriff’s office – is . . .