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Secret Santa hands out $20,000 in poorest US city

A special someone looking to make the holidays bright in America’s poorest city certainly did so Tuesday when he handed out $100 bills to unsuspecting residents.

The Reading Eagle reports that a man wanting to be identified only as Secret Santa stopped by the bus terminal in Reading, Pa., as well as various other locations throughout the city handing out $100 bills.

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He handed out an estimated $20,000 to many grateful residents, according to the Eagle.

“I was brought up to believe that you take care of your family, but I can't find a job," one of Secret Santa’s lucky recipients, Thomas J. Coates, told the paper. "This man said to me, 'You're a good man,' and it felt good to hear that."

Santa says that he read that the city was the poorest in the country and felt he needed to bring residents some holiday cheer.

“It’s time for us to step up, not step back,” the Secret Santa told the Eagle.

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