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The “Secret Santa” declined to give his name or show his face but the Daily News reports that he is a wealthy Missouri businessman from Kansas City. Including the $100 bills, which were stamped with the words “Secret Santa”, that he handed out to Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey today, he says he will be giving away a total of $100,000 this holiday season.

Some of Sandy Santa’s benefactors seemed incredulous that he was just handing them free money. “No, you can’t be!” was the reaction of Olivia Bazille of Elizabeth, NJ when Secret Santa offered her the cash. “Oh gosh, I feel like I just got a million dollars,” she said. Others, like Elsa Hernandez, also of Elizabeth, NJ, were moved to tears by the kind gesture.

As you might have imagined, Sandy Santa was carrying quite a bit of legal tender on him today so he traveled with a pretty serious security entourage which included NY and NJ cops as well as FBI agents. We hope that this selfless Samaritan has a wonderful east coast stay and gets everything he asked for on his own holiday wishlist.

Via NY Daily News

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