A Kansas City businessman has been acting as a "Secret Santa" and giving $100 bills to victims of superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey. The man, who has asked for his face not to be shown on camera, says he plans to give away $100,000 over the Christmas period. [Link.]
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When you're a blogger, you become so used to bad news, you're thrilled when something good happens. So I love to pass along stories like this one from the Reading Eagle. Enjoy!
Calling himself Secret Santa, an anonymous businessman doled out scores of $100 bills Tuesday in Reading, one of America's poorest cities.
In all, about $20,000 was given out by the light-haired, clean-shaven man, who sported a red shirt and a red cap with the word Elf on the back as he was accompanied by police at a bus station and other locations.
The generosity brought at least two people to tears, as seen on a Reading Eagle video.
"There's a lot of happiness that comes of this," he says in the footage. "I get more out of this than they do."
In the newspaper's write-up, the man tells how he is following in the boot steps of Kansas City's Larry Stewart, who gave away more than $1 million over 25 years as a Secret Santa. Stewart died in early 2007, shortly after revealing his identity.
"I promised him on his deathbed that I would continue the tradition," the latest Santa said.
He plans to spread more cheer in other cities, accompanied by the likes of comedian Larry the Cable Guy, the newspaper said.