05 Dec '11, 8am

Secret Santa Passes Out $100 Bills | Care2 Causes

Secret Santa Passes Out $100 Bills | Care2 Causes

In the poorest city in America—Reading, Pennsylvania —a tall man in a red shirt and cap (with “Elf” stitched on the back) hands out $100 bills. His back is always to the camera, his face never shows, because this Santa wants to remain anonymous. Ron Devlin from the Reading Eagle filmed him on his visits to thrift stores, bus depots and laundromats. What is striking is not just that the man gives away $20,000 of his own money, mostly $100 bills stamped with “Secret Santa” in red. He could have passed them out like a benevolent but patronizing donor. Instead, he speaks softly and then he listens. That’s when he receives the gift of stories from surprised recipients. One of those comes from a young man who sobs after Santa moves on to the next person. Through tears, he says, “This man said to me, ‘You’re a good man,’ and it felt good to hear that.” Secret Santa is a successfu...

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