SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — An anonymous businessman and San Diego Sheriff's deputies delivered some much needed holiday joy ahead of Thanksgiving to families.
The Sheriff's department says a local businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated $30,000 in cash and $2,000 in grocery gift cards to be given to local families in need.
Deputies identified families to receive the gifts through their work as school resource deputies, while on patrol, or while taking crime reports.
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On Nov. 21, deputies and the anonymous "holiday helper" met families in Rancho San Diego, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Vista, Fallbrook, and San Marcos and gave them between $500 and $1,000 in cash and grocery gift cards, according to the department.
The department says many of the families are coping with the loss of a family member due to COVID-19 or cancer, domestic violence, burglary, job loss, or medical issues.
"It's tough for many families right now. Job losses, people dipping into savings to pay bills or borrowing money from family or friends to make ends meet," the department wrote in a release. "We thank the holiday helper for his generous donation."