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Kern Schwartz revealed as WPD Secret Santa sponsor

WORTHINGTON — For the last several years, the Worthington Police Department has conducted a holiday Secret Santa program, wherein patrol officers stop a few members of the public and give them a Christmas card filled with cash.

The program's benefactor asked to remain anonymous during his lifetime. It has now been revealed as the late Dr. Kern Schwartz, who died Aug. 20.

"All Mr. Schwartz really asked was that we give him some pictures (of the recipients)," Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel said. "He wanted to see the smile on people's faces."

Appel explained that the Secret Santa program has helped the department make positive contact with civilians.

"We've had people who are simply speechless," Appel said.

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A portion of Schwartz's estate totaled at $800 was left to WPD to continue the program this year.

In Schwart'z honor, Appel said the cards given out this year will refer to the gifts as "Kern's Christmas Cash."

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