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Scenes from Monday's Operation Random Acts of Kindness (photos courtesy MCSO)

Agriland Funds MCSO’s ‘Operation Random Acts of Kindness’

MADERA — For the fifth consecutive year, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies teamed with Agriland Farming employees to commit “50 Random Acts of Kindness” throughout Madera County, a holiday tradition that for one day allows area law enforcement personnel to hand out money rather than traffic citations.

Thanks to a $5,000 donation from Agriland, MCSO deputies on Monday handed out 50 $100 bills to drivers that were pulled over for minor infractions.

MCSO Sheriff Jay Varney said his deputies primarily have contact with citizens when something stressful or bad is happening. “So this annual giving event allows deputies an opportunity to interact with the public in a positive manner and spread some holiday cheer.”

The Sheriff’s Office conducts the annual operation in hopes of helping people who may be facing financial hardships during the holidays. Varney said the operation also lifts the spirits of the deputies who often encounter people on the most challenging days of their lives.

“This is an opportunity for the deputies to go out and have positive interactions with the community and really helps us build relationships with the community,” said Madera County Undersheriff Tyson Pogue.

Many of the drivers the deputies encountered during the five-hour operation were nervous initially. But those fears quickly turned into gratitude when deputies handed them a Christmas card containing a crisp one hundred dollar bill.

“This was my first time getting pulled over too, so it’s a very good way to get pulled over,” said Griselda Lopez.

“Thank you to Agriland employees for your continued partnership, support, and commitment to our community,” Sheriff Varney added. “We are grateful that they have allowed us the unique privilege of being a part of this wonderful act of generosity each year.”

*ABC30 News contributed to this report.

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