Anonymous Santa gives out $10,000 in Maine

Posted Dec. 23, 2009, at 10:01 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Christmas came three days early at a Goodwill store in Maine’s largest city when a secret Santa handed out 100 envelopes containing $100 each to 100 unsuspecting shoppers.

Dressed in a Santa suit that concealed his identity, an anonymous St. Nick gave away the money to complete strangers Tuesday evening at the Forest Avenue store in Portland.

The Santa was inspired by a secret Santa in Missouri who spent years handing out $100 bills during the holidays, but remained anonymous until shortly before his death in 2007.

People gasped when they opened the envelopes at the Goodwill store. Aurea Parker told the Portland Press Herald the giveaway was awesome and that she didn’t think Santa existed anymore.