These are the stories that buoy the spirit.
An anonymous donor in an elf’s hat and blue jeans is making his way around hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods handing out $100 bills to those who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The New York Daily News and the Associated Press report:
A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.
The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands. But he says money is not the issue.
“The money is not the point at all,” said the anonymous benefactor on Thursday as he walked up to surprised Staten Island residents and thrust crisp bills into their hands.
“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!”
Secret Santa is right—his $100,000 will certainly help a lot of people, but his inspiration can help the goodness grow exponentially.