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Operation: Spread Holiday Cheer a total success in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Each year, employees at Tricor Insurance in Dubuque pay into a fund so they can wear jeans on Fridays. At the end of the year, they take that money and donate it to local charities.

This year they decided to take some of that money, and take it straight to the people who need it the most.

Teams of three spread throughout the city, armed with envelopes of $20 bills.

Kim Hess, Sara Martensen and Keith Sindberg started at Eagle's Country Market, where they met Craig Kaung, who had just finished up some grocery shopping.

They gave him the money, and it looked like it took him a minute to comprehend what had just happened.

But he greeted each of the three with hearty handshakes and thank you's.

"Right now I'm going through hard times because of my legs, and things like that," Kaung said.  "I've spent the last year going to doctors."

The trio gave a couple of $20's to unsuspecting customers in the grocery store, then set Walgreens in their sites as their next target.

Inside, they found Mary Stowers, who was shopping with her son.

When she was given the money, she replied, "Thank you!  That's wonderful!"

For her, the money means she's "not so broke."

"I had to go get help for Christmas for my kids, so this is wonderful. They are very kind, I appreciate it," Stowers said.

Sindberg said the act of giving out the money gave them a sense of community, and they all agreed it was a great way to spend the morning of Christmas Eve.

The group then departed for the emergency room of one of the local hospitals.

The groups had a total of nearly $700 to give out today. 

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