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drake3781
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:33 AM
Secret Santa reveals his identity
By MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER, Associated Press Writer Sat Nov 18, 6:10 AM ET

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For 26 years, a man known only as Secret Santa has roamed the streets every December quietly giving people money. He started with $5 and $10 bills. As his fortune grew, so did the gifts. In recent years, Secret Santa has been handing out $100 bills, sometimes two or three at a time, to people in thrift stores, diners and parking lots. So far, he's anonymously given out about $1.3 million. It's been a long-held holiday mystery: Who is Secret Santa?

But now, weak from chemotherapy and armed with a desire to pass on his belief in random kindness, Secret Santa has decided it's time to reveal his identity.

He is Larry Stewart, a 58-year-old businessman from the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, Mo., who made his millions in cable television and long-distance telephone service.

His holiday giving started in December 1979 when he was nursing his wounds at a drive-in restaurant after getting fired. It was the second year in a row he had been fired the week before Christmas.

"It was cold and this car hop didn't have on a very big jacket, and I thought to myself, `I think I got it bad. She's out there in this cold making nickels and dimes,'" he said.

He gave her $20 and told her to keep the change.

"And suddenly I saw her lips begin to tremble and tears begin to flow down her cheeks. She said, `Sir, you have no idea what this means to me.'"

Stewart went to the bank that day and took out $200, then drove around looking for people who could use a lift. That was his "Christmas present to himself." He's hit the streets each December since.

(article continues at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/secret_santa_revealed )

brayster87
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:48 AM
hasn't he got something better to do?

416_Man
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:29 AM
hasn't he got something better to do?

WOW. He could be cutting trees, beating up baby seals, biting off the ears of prostitutes, and having sex with transexuals, yet he gives money to the people who are down in spirit. You're right, if I was him I'd definitely use the money to buy good porn then to make people happy.


IDIOT.

hurricanejeanne
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:46 AM
:awww:

Well bless him for doing that for all these years. Hopefully someone picks up the torch of his good heart and carries on that tradition.

Pheobo
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:47 AM
It's nice to know there are some really cool people come in the KS/MO area while I'm being trampled to death by violent rednecks.

drake3781
Nov 19th, 2006, 08:59 PM
Serious question: do you think some people would be offended instead of happy at being singled out to recieve this gift of cash?

Kart
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:26 PM
Serious question: do you think some people would be offended instead of happy at being singled out to recieve this gift of cash?

Possibly but that's their problem don't you think ?

It's clear the intent behind his actions are benevolent.

Nice man :yeah:.

Infiniti2001
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:36 PM
awww so sweet!! I hope he can beat this illness

drake3781
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:59 PM
Possibly but that's their problem don't you think ?

It's clear the intent behind his actions are benevolent.

Nice man :yeah:.


Yeah but..... what about this attitude: WHO do you think you are, Mr. Rich Guy (or Ms. Rich Lady)? Coming around here looking at us that way, thinking oh you really could *improve* our lives, right? We don't need your "gift" (with "gift" said in a haughty tone).

Know what I mean?

Then it turns into not what you said - the intent is benevolent - but twisted into - the intent is condescending, degrading, and disrespectful.

I don't know, I just imagine getting this type of response if I would imagine doing something like this myself. :confused:

Rocketta
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:03 PM
Very Nice. :clap2: and No I don't think the people he is singling out would be upset. I've yet to meet a poor person who gets upset with honest help. :D

Kart
Nov 20th, 2006, 05:32 PM
Yeah but..... what about this attitude: WHO do you think you are, Mr. Rich Guy (or Ms. Rich Lady)? Coming around here looking at us that way, thinking oh you really could *improve* our lives, right? We don't need your "gift" (with "gift" said in a haughty tone).

Know what I mean?

Then it turns into not what you said - the intent is benevolent - but twisted into - the intent is condescending, degrading, and disrespectful.

I don't know, I just imagine getting this type of response if I would imagine doing something like this myself. :confused:

Well the donor's original intent is still benevolent - it's just the recipient's perception or their methods of expressing themselves that's the problem.

There's no accounting for oversensitivity I agree but in that situation I suppose the point is that not all gifts are accepted - if someone offered money to me I'd probably tell them to give it to someone that needed it although I'd try to be polite.

Ellery
Nov 20th, 2006, 05:36 PM
:worship: :bigclap:

Kenny
Nov 20th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Yeah but..... what about this attitude: WHO do you think you are, Mr. Rich Guy (or Ms. Rich Lady)? Coming around here looking at us that way, thinking oh you really could *improve* our lives, right? We don't need your "gift" (with "gift" said in a haughty tone).

Know what I mean?

Then it turns into not what you said - the intent is benevolent - but twisted into - the intent is condescending, degrading, and disrespectful.

I don't know, I just imagine getting this type of response if I would imagine doing something like this myself. :confused:

If more philanthropists thought this way, many organizations wouldn't get funded and poor people wouldn't get fed.

I think we should look at it in a more, you know, non-cynical way.

beauty_is_pink
Nov 20th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Sir, you can come up to Toronto anytime you like !

The_Pov
Nov 20th, 2006, 11:41 PM
:awww: it's always nice to see that not all human beings are greedy selfcentered maniacs.

There are still some good ones out there.

wta_zuperfann
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:32 AM
Kudos to the real life Santa!