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Secret Santa surprises Trumann kids with mounds of gifts

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TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -

Just 19 days until Christmas morning, Santa Claus should be at the North Pole preparing for takeoff. Instead, he was spotted in Region 8.

It did not take long for the kids living in Trumann to spot the big, red bag and the long white beard.

No one in the small town seems to know why Santa Claus paid an early visit, other than to merely bring back the holiday spirit.

When he was coming down the street, the kids were hollering, its Santa, its Santa, Hazel Riley, a Trumann woman said.

Riley spotted old St. Nicholas with his handy little helpers spreading Christmas cheer. 

He was just going house to house when I saw him over here by the senior life center, Riley said.

Breanna Hammell, 10, was one of the kids who ran into Santa.

We passed by this house and it was Santa Claus and it was the perfect timing, Hammell said.

Breannas father told Region 8 News she was amazed when she saw him.

Breanna got his attention quickly.

He pointed at us to stop the car, she said

At first, the 10-year-old just wanted to meet the famous man behind the beard.

Instead, Santa made their encounter more surprising. He did what Santa is known to do best.

He came over to my side and so I rolled down the window and he gave me a present and a candy cane, Hammell said.

She opened the package and got a Barbie, which her father said is right up her ally.

Breanna is not the only child Santa reached in the community.

He was spotted all over town, even passing out gifts in the pouring rain.

He had these two trucks following him around with the gifts and whatever he was giving away, Riley said.

Like Breannas present, inside those trucks were mounds of individually wrapped gifts.

Santas act of kindness did not bring smiles just to the faces of children, but the whole Trumann community.

He had the Christmas spirit and brought it back and brought it back to life for us, Riley said.

I said thank you and Im pretty sure that wont happen again, Hammell said.

Hammell said she will be sound asleep when Santa comes to her home Christmas Eve night.

Right now, Breanna believes Santa is surprising other children in Tennessee or Jonesboro. 

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