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Olmsted Co. patrols hand out dozens of gift cards, thanks to an anonymous woman

The woman gifted officials with $1,000 worth of gift cards, but refused to identify herself.

A sheriff's department near Rochester will be handing out a little bit of holiday cheer this month, thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous woman.

Olmsted County officials said the woman went down to the sheriff's department Thursday and requested to meet with one of the leaders there.

When Chief Deputy Terry Waletzki spoke with the woman, she refused to give her name. Then she handed over 20 Walmart gift cards, each loaded with $50.

The woman had just one request: that deputies hand the gift cards out to kids who could use a little pick-me-up.

Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said in a Facebook post that the department's patrol staff will start handing the cards out Friday. Officials will be "looking for the right situations and kids in particular who could use a little good in their lives during the holiday season."

Torgerson said he wishes he could have been there to meet the woman and personally thank her for her "remarkable" kindness and generosity.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you," Torgerson said.

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