Santa Comes Early, Delivers $100 Bills to Strangers

A good Samaritan, whose identity remains under wraps, spreads holiday cheer in Reading – the poorest city in America.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011  |  Updated 7:23 PM EDT
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A man who prefers to remain anonymous spent Wednesday handing out $100 bills to random residents in Reading, Pa. It is estimated that this secret Santa gave out almost $20,000.

NBCPhiladelphia.com - Stacey Stauffer

A man who prefers to remain anonymous spent Wednesday handing out $100 bills to random residents in Reading, Pa. It is estimated that this secret Santa gave out almost $20,000.

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A special someone looking to make the holidays bright in America’s poorest city, certainly did so Tuesday, when he handed out $100 bills to unsuspecting residents.

The Reading Eagle reports that a man, wanting to be identified only as “Secret Santa,” stopped by the Reading Inter-City Bus Terminal, as well as various other locations throughout the city, handing out $100 bills.

In fact, he handed out an estimated $20,000 to many grateful residents, according to the Eagle.

“I was brought up to believe that you take care of your family, but I can't find a job," one of Secret Santa’s lucky recipients, Thomas J. Coates, told the paper. "This man said to me, 'You're a good man,' and it felt good to hear that."

“Santa” says that he read that the city was the poorest in the country and felt he needed to bring residents some holiday cheer.

“It’s time for us to step up, not step back,” Secret Santa told the Eagle.   

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