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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hometown hero Derek Jeter surprised hundreds of deserving kids Thursday evening.

The New York Yankee showed up, along with Santa and his elves at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum for an event which rewarded 250 young people who are demonstrating positive behavior, academic excellence, and leadership qualities in school and their communities.

The program was put on by the Turn 2 Foundation. It's mission is "to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "TURN 2" healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. Turn 2's goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow."

In addition to meeting Jeter, the kids received a gift bag filled with goodies donated by the New York Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation.