A wealthy Kansas City, Missouri man recently handed out $100 bills to people in New Jersey and New York who lost everything to Hurricane Sandy.
The anonymous benefactor, who calls himself the 'Secret Santa,' would not divulge his name or allow his face to be photographed, reports the Associated Press.
The Secret Santa, who is giving away $100,000, told the Associated Press: "The money is not the point at all. It's about the random acts of kindness. I'm just setting an example, and if 10 percent of the people who see me emulate what I'm doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!"
A volunteer police motorcade took the Secret Santa to stops in Elizabeth, N.J. and Staten Island, N.Y.
Some police have become supporters, wearing red berets marked with the word "elf" and assisting the Secret Santa in choosing locations where people are most in need.
The Secret Santa took up the holiday tradition from a close Kansas City friend, Larry Stewart, who for years handed out bills each December to strangers. Stewart died in 2007 after giving away more than $1 million to strangers in mostly $100 bills.