A wealthy Missouri businessman went to New Jersey and New York, passing out $100 to random strangers who had fallen victim to Hurricane Sandy. The man refuses to be photographed and doesn’t want anyone to know his name.
Based in Kansas City, the man is giving away $100,000 throughout this holiday season, but makes it clear that the money in this case is irrelevant — at least, it won’t give the survivors back what they’ve lost. He said:
It’s about the random acts of kindness. I’m just setting an example, and if 10 percent of the people who see me emulate what I’m doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa.
With a police motorcade, he’s been going up and down Jersey and New York, hitting up disaster relief zones and finding people who haven’t yet gotten back up on their feet.
“Has anyone given you any money?” he asked a woman. When she said no, he handed her a $100 bill. She didn’t believe it was real. “It is,” he said, “and it’s for you.”
Cue crying and hugging. Cue my heart squeezing. Nope. Nope. Nnnnnnnope. Gotta go back.
There is a major security entourage that goes with him. Obviously, a Secret Santa passing out cash might, y’know, attract some interest. You don’t want to get mobbed while trying to do a good thing.
He has a team of “elves” that pick out spots for Santa to show up at. In keeping it tough to track him down, the Santa also wears the “elf” uniform.
Santa, for his part, says “I hope I give all my money away before I die.”