Christmas came early to some Hurricane Sandy victims. A wealthy man from Missouri handed out $100 bills to Staten Island area residents who lost everything they owned during Hurricane Sandy. The Kansas City “Secret Santa” stated that he plans of giving away $100,000 during the holiday season, according to The Blaze.
The Secret Santa spent Thursday in New York and New Jersey giving away thousands of dollars, but noted that the money he is handing out is really not the issue. The charitable Missouri man had this to say about his visit to the region ravaged by Hurricane Sandy:
“The money is not the point at all. 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!”
The anonymous benefactor received a police escort through the Staten Island borough. When he happened across a woman stacking basic necessities and free food at a volunteer-run disaster, the Kansas City Secret Santa politely asked if anyone had given her any money.
Carol Hefty, 73, stated she had not received any cash. The retiree is currently living in a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The generous man simply slipped some money into the palm of her hand. After noticing the red Secret Sana stamp on the $100 bill, she didn’t think it was real money. Once she was reassured that the cash was indeed legal tender, she hugged the unnamed man, weeping the entire time.
The same scene was repeated time and again as the Secret Santa and a security crew consisting of police officers, FBI agents, and former agents from multiple states, made their way around the region. Some of the safety entourage wore red berets with the word “elf” on then to show their support the man with a heart of gold and pocket full of cash he wanted to put to good use.