Secret Santa brings hope to those who need it most

Author: , Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published: Nov 29 2011 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 30 2011 11:29:07 AM EST
READING, Pa. -

A "Secret Santa" descended on Reading Tuesday night, minus the reindeer, giving a gift many will never forget.

This Secret Santa, who insisted on complete anonymity, decided that Reading, the most impoverished city in America, needed his help.

"What Secret Santa brings is hope to anybody we come in contact with, and Reading needs hope," said Secret Santa.

And so, on a dark and dreary night, Secret Santa simply approached people on the street and gave them one hundred dollar bills.

"Will this six hundred dollars help you?" he asked one mother with six children.

When Secret Santa approached Rita Heckman at the BARTA bus terminal in downtown Reading, she couldn't believe her eyes.

"This can't be true," screamed Heckman.

Heckman said she had just been speaking with her son about how to make ends meet to pay the bills.

"We said, what are we going to do?" said Heckman. "And I never dreamed someone would do something like that for me."

Secret Santa even got on a BARTA bus and gave out more $100 bills.

But he didn't just hand out money, he also prayed with people.

"This is honestly a blessing," said Terence Reddick passing through Reading on his way to Pottstown.

Accompanied by the Reading Police, Secret Santa planned to give out $20,000 of his own money.

His only requirement was that the recipients commit an act of random kindness.

"It can be anything.  It can be a kind word, a good deed, a small helping hand," said Secret Santa.

Secret Santa is part of The Society of Secret Santas. It is an anonymous group of individuals throughout the world, performing acts of kindness to the less fortunate.

For more information, visit their website here.