Secret Santa Takes Sharing on the Road

1 decade 1 year 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 29 2006 Nov 29, 2006 Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:56:32 AM CST November 29, 2006 in News
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CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Kansas City resident known only as the Secret Santa for 26 years is taking his goodwill on the road. Fifty-eight-year-old Larry Stewart of Lee's Summit earned his nickname by giving out thousands of dollars to strangers in need during the holidays. Stewart, a cancer patient who recently revealed his identity, was in Chicago's down-and-out sections yesterday handing out $100 bills to people. During the Windy City trip, the Secret Santa also shared the story of fellow Kansas City icon Buck O'Neil. The late Negro Leagues player used to join Stewart on his charity travels. Years ago Stewart started out giving five and ten dollar bills. But as he made millions in cable television and long-distance telephone service, the businessman began handing out 100-hundred bills. He figures he has secretly given out about $1.3 million over the years.

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