Employees of the Bread House were all smiles Nov. 26 as the Secret Santa unexpectedly dropped in at the shop and handed them all $100 bills in a random act of kindness during the Holiday season. The visit is scheduled to be featured at 6:30 p.m. tonight on the CBS Evening News. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — Albany will be in the national spotlight this evening, thanks to a recent visit by Secret Santa.
The anonymous Secret Santa stopped in Albany on Nov. 26, handing out $100 bills to brighten the holidays for dozens of Dougherty Countians. The Albany Herald was the only local media organization that covered the visit.
Details of that visit to Albany are scheduled to be shown at 6:30 p.m. today on the CBS Evening News.
Darrell Sabbs, who helped facilitate the Albany visit with Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO Joel Wernick, said the Albany segment was scheduled to be aired on tonight’s broadcast, barring any late changes forced by breaking news.
The Albany visitor is part of the Society of Secret Santas, which is a group of individuals who perform random acts of kindness to those who are less fortunate.
The individual who came to Albany visited several sites, handing out the $100 bills and giving away several thousands of dollars here.
Sabbs said the Secret Santa here had a chance meeting with Wernick in the past.
“The guy had visited Albany before and was very taken with the hospitality and kindness of the people he encountered here,” said Sabbs. “He got directions from several people and he thought Albany was a special place because of how he was received.
“Then he later met Mr. Wernick and was impressed with him. He felt Albany was the perfect place with the hope and kindness he felt.”