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Secret Santa Hires Bus Drivers To Pass Out Cash To Riders

These bus drivers are known for helping others, so it was a no-brainer to choose them for a very special task.

Bus drivers in Milwaukee, WI took on a new role last week as Santa's helpers. The buses they drive every day became "sleighs" used to deliver thousands of dollars to people all over the city, thanks to a wealthy businessman who gives sums of money to random strangers each year around the holidays.

This year, the businessman (who wishes to remain anonymous) chose the Milwaukee County Transit System to help him with his mission because of their reputation for helping others. The drivers are well-known for performing acts of kindness along their routes, including stopping the bus to help a turtle cross the street, helping a homeless man find housing and picking up a child who was wandering around alone.

Check out a daring turtle rescue made by a MCTS driver...

After hearing about the "kindness culture" shared by the drivers, the Secret Santa was confident that he recruited the right helpers for his project.

"We're going to be on the biggest sleigh we've ever had. And the magic is going to be like gold dust flying across the city," Secret Santa told CBS News .

For one day, five of the drivers passed out $100 bills to various passengers they picked up along their routes. As you can imagine, people were shocked, but appreciative when they boarded the bus and were greeted with a kind smile and a handful of cash.

One passenger laughed as he told Steve Hartman of On the Road that he thought it was "a dream or something" when the driver handed him cash from a real-life Secret Santa. Others shed tears of joy and hugged the drivers when they found out they were leaving the bus a little richer.

While the people who received the money were blown away by the gifts, the drivers took an important lesson home with them that day as well.

"It was a great experience," one of the drivers said. "It's going to stick with me for the rest of my life."

As for Secret Santa, he knows (perhaps more than anyone) how you can help yourself simply by helping others, whether it's during the holiday season or anytime.

"If you ever feel down, if you ever feel a little depressed, and you want to solve your problem, go out and do something kind for somebody, because when you do that, you're uplifting yourself," he said.

Inspired by Secret Santa's incredible act of kindness? You may not be able to hand out $100 bills, but you can help others on a smaller scale. Leaving kind notes in library books or leaving quarters at a laundromat are small things you can do to brighten someone's day. Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

(Source: images & video Milwaukee County Transit System Facebook )

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