November 30, 2011; Source: MSNBC | How to encourage community and philanthropy. . . . Reading, PA, has been designated the poorest city in America, and the day before yesterday it was where a man calling himself “Secret Santa” distributed $20,000 in one hundred dollar bills to strangers. The man, whose name is not available but who appears to be a successful businessman, is apparently carrying on the tradition of Larry Stewart, who, as his own version of Secret Santa, gave away $1.3 million to pay forward a handout that had been given to him in the past.
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Secret Santa only asks that those he gave to pay it forward, and he plans to head to other cities in the coming weeks.—Ruth McCambridge