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A Secret Santa recently visited one of America’s poorest cities passing out $100 bills stamped with the words, “Secret Santa.” The man, who insisted his identity remain a secret paid a visit to Reading, Pennsylvania, and reportedly gave away $20,000 of his own money. He said he had read Reading was designated one of America’s poorest cities with a population of 65,000 or more. He told reporters he is a businessperson who travels a lot and he is merely carrying on a tradition started several years ago by the late Larry Stewart of Kansas City.

Stewart was once down and out and received help from the owner of a diner in Mississippi. He went on to make millions in cable television, and gave away $1.3 million posing as a Secret Santa before his death in 2006. The current Santa said he had promised Stewart that he would continue the tradition and plans to visit cities ranging from San Diego to Detroit this holiday season. He said he has enlisted other elves to help him on his mission.

When Keith Grumbling received a $100 bill at the coin laundry, he said the Secret Santa said, “I’m swearing you in as one of the Secret Santa’s elves. Between now and Christmas, I want you to do something nice for someone else.”

--Secret Santa spreads hope, cheer, and $100 bills, http://digg.com/news/lifestyle/secret_santa_spreads_hope_cheer_and_100_bills_home_staple_news ; December 2, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Matthew 6:3-4 (CEV) “When you give to the poor, don't let anyone know about it. (4) Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you.”

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